Today’s play-off semi-final first-leg clash between Leeds United and Derby County has all the ingredients needed to be an enthralling affair, doesn’t it?
After the fallout surrounding the spy-gate scandal grabbed national headlines earlier this season, it is safe to say that there is no love lost between Marcelo Bielsa and Frank Lampard who will be both wanting to secure a positive result at Pride Park heading into the return fixture on May 15th.
Although the Whites finished the regular season nine points ahead of the Rams, they will know that if they are not at their very best at the weekend, their hopes of securing promotion to the Premier League could be shattered.
Having seen his side fail to record a victory in any of their previous four league games, Bielsa is in desperate need of one of his players to step up to the mark.
With Patrick Bamford serving the second match of his suspension for deceiving the referee in Leeds’ clash with Aston Villa last month, the former Lazio boss could place his trust in Ryan Edmondson to deliver the goods against Derby.
Although the 17-year-old has only made two senior appearances for the Whites since joining the club in 2017 from York City, his outstanding form for the under-23’s this season has seen him fire in 19 goals in 31 appearances.
By selecting Edmondson, Leeds could benefit from the element of surprise as the Rams will not have seen him in action before and therefore would not have studied the strengths and weaknesses of his game.
With Tyler Roberts expected to start in a deeper role on Saturday and Kemar Roofe clearly struggling for any sort of form since making his return from injury in April, it could be worth taking the risk with Edmondson as if it pays off, the Whites could move one step closer to securing promotion from Championship.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Bielsa start Edmondson against Derby at the weekend? Or is it too much of a risk to take in such an important game? Let us know below.
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