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Leeds United predicted XI: Bielsa’s squad nears full strength

Leeds United predicted XI: Bielsa’s squad nears full strength

Leeds United succumbed to a very late goal against Swansea City before the international break which resulted in the Swans securing all three points.

Despite that loss to their fellow title contenders, Marcelo Bielsa will be delighted to see Tyler Roberts and Luke Ayling return to training this week, and with no fresh injury concerns to deal with, the Argentine nears having a full squad at his disposal.

Indeed, Leeds have the best defence in the league so far, conceding just three goals. However, fans were left scratching their heads at how Wayne Routledge’s effort managed to squirm in at Elland Road last time out.

So, with a full team to play with, how will Bielsa line up against Barnsley today?

Patrick Bamford remains Leeds’ main man up top, bagging four goals in the six games thus far in the Championship (as per WhoScored). Just behind the Englishman should be Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison who has one goal to his name so far, averaging two dribbles per game. [WhoScored]

Mateusz Klich continues to impress for the Whites, with the Pole registering 2.8 key passes per game and one assist so far this season. Alongside Klich should be Adam Forshaw, who has played every minute so far this season. [WhoScored]

Elsewhere, Pablo Hernandez has continued where he left off from last season, netting twice and bagging two assists in the six games this campaign (as per WhoScored).

Another man who has become integral for Bielsa is Kalvin Phillips. The 23-year-old has played every minute so far in the Championship, averaging 4.3 tackles per game and boasting an average performance rating of 7.30.

At the back, Stuart Dallas has been a mainstay for Leeds, pitching in with a goal and averaging an admirable 7.09 performance rating (as per WhoScored). On the opposite side of the defence, Ezgjan Alioski should have earned his way into the side, scoring one goal and averaging 2.2 tackles per game. [WhoScored]

Completing the backline should be the partnership between Liam Cooper and Ben White. Cooper has averaged four clearances per game along with an average of 74 passes [WhoScored], whilst White has averaged 4.2 interceptions per game and 37 clearances per game (as per WhoScored).

How would you line up? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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