There’s been a lot of speculation about the Leeds United team Marcelo Bielsa is going to put out against Liverpool on Saturday.
New signings tend not to be rushed through into the first team under Bielsa.
We think that new striker signing Rodrigo will be on the bench at Anfield, while Robin Koch will play alongside Liam Cooper at the back.
You can read our predicted starting XI for the game here.
However, putting aside Saturday’s line-up, what will the strongest Leeds XI be once the new signings have settled in?
That was the question posed by Phil Hay in The Athletic on Thursday morning and there were a couple of surprises.
The first is Patrick Bamford playing up top.
We know that Bielsa trusts Bamford and that he fits into the manager’s system perfectly.
However, we assumed that Rodrigo was being bought as a number nine not a number 10.
Rodrigo can play across any of the forward positions and he could be moved around depending on who Leeds play.
But Rodrigo playing as number 10 with Pablo Hernandez out on the right is a fascinating proposition.
The other surprise is a knock-on from this and it’s the absence of Helder Costa. He was a major signing for Leeds this summer and it cost £16m to make his deal permanent.
However, that’s the sort of quality you want on the bench in the Premier League – and he’ll face competition there from Ian Poveda.
The side might not be too much different from the one that gave Arsenal a massive shock in the FA Cup back in January but that’s a good thing.
It is better and it is stronger, though, and we think it might just have enough to surprise a fair few sides in the Premier League, even without Rodrigo De Paul on top.
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