Phil Hay: Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo likely to start for Leeds United v Crystal Palace
Leeds United are likely going to start Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo together in the Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on Sunday 09 October, according to Phil Hay.
Jesse Marsch will be forced into a change with Luis Sinisterra serving his one-match suspension for being shown that red card against Aston Villa last time out.
There was talk around Crysencio Summerville coming in for his first Premier League start, but Hay expects the more experienced striking duo to come in.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Phil Hay Show podcast, the journalist suggested the new look side with Brenden Aaronson potentially moving out wide.
“This season, I’m not envisaging Summerville being a leading player,” he said.
“I do think he will have an impact, and I do think there will be times where he plays, I just get the feeling this weekend, certainly from reading through the lines of what Marsch was saying, it will be Rodrigo in behind Bamford.”
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This is how Leeds started the season, and it certainly worked against the likes of Wolves, especially in those attacking areas with constant pressure on show.
Losing Sinisterra is not ideal as he has been one of our brightest sparks in recent weeks at Elland Road, but it gives opportunities to others to come in.
Aaronson is effective out wide as he is centrally, with his non-stop work rate a real asset both going forward and in defence for Marsch and his tactics.
Leeds have been missing that cutting edge in the final third, and with Bamford now back fully fit after months, more than a year of struggling, he has to go in.
The England international will be dying to get going in the Premier League and prove himself, trying to get back to that form in our first season back in the big time.
Sunday is the perfect time for that to happen.
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