Leeds United seem to have dropped off the pace recently as they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup and could only manage a draw against Reading in the Championship.
There’s no doubt that the Whites started the current campaign strongly, but it’s important that Marcelo Bielsa can help his side ensure consistency as they chase promotion. Indeed, the Yorkshire club have displayed moments of class and will be up there come the end of the season, despite their recent drop in form.
Indeed, Leeds United will welcome Middlesbrough to Elland Road for their next Championship encounter. Boro also find themselves in a promising position to challenge for promotion having enjoyed a similar start to the Whites, so Bielsa will be facing arguably his biggest test yet.
So, having taken recent match selections into consideration, here’s a look at Leeds’ potential XI to face Middlesbrough…
LEEDS UNITED’S POTENTIAL XI VS BORO
We’ve gone with a 4-1-4-1 formation, as that is the formation that has allowed Bielsa to enjoy such a successful start to life as Leeds boss. The wing-backs will be pivotal when it comes to delivering balls into the box, with the midfield four often unlocking the opposition’s defence and threading balls through for the strikers.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell has been impressive so far this season and he’ll be looking to build up ahead of steam once again at Elland Road.
Pontus Jansson and Gaetano Berardi managed to ensure consistency at the back against Norwich last time out, so Bielsa should reward them with another start together. Also, summer bargain Barry Douglas will be given the nod to resume his wonderful start to life at Leeds United, while Luke Ayling will be looking to contribute once again.
In midfield, Kalvin Phillips will sit in front of the defensive line as he looks to protect and distribute the ball. Meanwhile, Mateusz Klich and Samuel Saiz will look for gaps in the opposition’s defence and won’t be afraid to find the target from range, with Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez causing danger from either flank.
Lastly, the Whites haven’t had to worry about a lack of goals in the current campaign as Kemar Roofe has been on fire, so Bielsa won’t hesitate to put his faith in the striker once again.
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