Championship

Bielsa must turn to Hernandez and Jansson today

Bielsa must turn to Hernandez and Jansson today

Leeds United currently find themselves with a healthy lead at the top of the Championship table, after defeating Derby County last time out at Elland Road.

Interestingly, the Whites’ last match against the Rams was surrounded with the ‘spygate’ controversy, which involved Marcelo Bielsa sending a member of staff from Leeds to go and spy on Frank Lampard’s training session prior to their clash at Elland Road last weekend.

However, the Yorkshire club will be looking to put the controversy to bed later on today by putting in an incredible performance in order to deflect the bad light currently surrounding Leeds, as they’ll travel to the bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City. The Potters are currently under new management with Nathan Jones now at the helm, so his side will be looking to hit the ground running in their first Championship home game under the Welshman.

With that in mind, Bielsa can put ‘spygate’ to bed by spoiling Nathan Jones’ league home bow if this DUO start…

PABLO HERNANDEZ

Pablo Hernandez has been one of the standout performers for Leeds United in the current campaign, with seven goals and 10 assists to his name at this moment in time.

The winger managed to put in an inspired performance last time out against the Rams, as he was involved in absolutely everything and made Leeds tick.

Therefore, with a tricky trip to Stoke up next, Bielsa simply has to gift him another starting place to help unlock what will be a very disciplined Nathan Jones side.

PONTUS JANSSON

Pontus Jansson has really come on leaps and bounds in the current campaign as he continues to develop into arguably the best central defender in the Championship.

Indeed, the Swedish international was arguably one of the best players on the field against Derby County last time out, as his passing was really good, he was excellent in the tackle and was never tested aerially.

Benik Afobe will be looking to build on his goal against Brentford in Stoke City’s last Championship outing, so Jansson will be tasked with keeping him quiet throughout today’s game.

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