Whelan: Bielsa will make three changes v Barnsley
Leeds suffered their first defeat of the season against Swansea last Saturday and slipped from the top of the table.
The 1-0 defeat meant that Leeds dropped to third place in the league, behind Swansea and Charlton, with Wayne Routledge’s injury-time goal coming after 90 minutes of Leeds domination.
Former Leeds player Noel Whelan thinks that will lead to changes for the next game against Barnsley after the international break.
Talking on Football Insider, Whelan said that Marcelo Bielsa will look to “start again” after the international break. Whelan thinks that Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa will get their first starts in the Championship, with Barry Douglas coming back after injury.
Jack Harrison, Bamford and Ezgjan Alioski will be the three players to drop out.
We’d love to see Costa and Nketiah get the chance to show what they can do from the start. Douglas has never delivered the sort of form that he showed at Wolves in their promotion season, but he’s had a solid start to the season and deserves his place back.
Bamford is too inconsistent. Four goals from six league games is a good return but Leeds are creating a lot of chances and he needs to start taking them more consistently. Nketiah is a different sort of beast and he’s already linked up well with Costa in the game against Brentford.
Harrison is a puzzler though. He’s looked great since his return from Man City over the summer and we can’t see him being dropped. That would leave Bielsa with a challenge to fit Costa in the side, although Pablo Hernandez could move into the middle and Adam Forshaw is struggling with a knock.