Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth can see Marcelo Bielsa making one change to his Leeds United side ahead of the clash with Stoke on Thursday.

Bielsa was forced into making a couple of changes ahead of the win at Blackburn on Saturday with both Stuart Dallas and Helder Costa both missing out due to small injury issues.

However, both could be fit to play Stoke at Elland Road in the coming days and Smyth sees Barry Douglas being the unfortunate player to be dropped by Bielsa to accommodate Dallas.

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“He really was excellent and on that performance deserves to keep his place, as does Gjanni Alioski,” he wrote on the Yorkshire Evening Post website. “But Bielsa has relied on Stuart Dallas all season and if he’s fit, I can see him coming back in at Douglas’ expense.

“Helder Costa is where the question mark would lie for me – is there as much of a case for him to shift Alioski? Not for me.”

As well as Douglas did against Blackburn, that was one performance

Dallas has been consistently brilliant all season long and to keep the Northern Ireland international out of the side based on one display by Douglas would be a mistake.

Of course, if Dallas is not 100 per cent then Douglas should stay in the starting line-up.

Based on the form of the two sides this season, Leeds should be able to sweep aside Stoke without many issues so there is no need to take unnecessary risks in this match.

Douglas did well enough to show he can come in for Dallas when he cannot play so if it is for one more match then, by all means, the Scot should start.

But Dallas is likely to be ready to play and we agree with Smyth that he’s probably going to come in.

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