Matchday plan: Leeds United

Matchday plan: Leeds United

Leeds United are looking forward to what is a HUGE game in the Sky Bet Championship, as they take on Sheffield United later on today. Second vs third and Yorkshire derby wrapped into one, we’re in for a treat! 

Looking to reclaim top spot AGAIN in what is a rollercoaster ride with Norwich, the Whites have to overcome a tough Sheffield United who currently sit just below them in the table. With just a few proverbial ‘cup finals’ left in a season that could FINALLY see the club return to the Premier League, this one really is a cracker.

Nobody needs telling but, clearly, Leeds need to win it.

With that in mind, just who does Bielsa go for in order to go top? Even if it is just for a couple of hours with Norwich playing later on.

Here’s a closer look.

Drop Jack Harrison 

Coming into the Championship side, Harrison was tipped to be one of the players of the season for Leeds, however it has been the opposite.

With a sprinkle of good performances throughout the season, patience for Harrison’s place in the starting eleven must be looking thin. Only picking up three goals this season it really has been a backfire of a signing for the Whites so far, barring a late flurry at the business end of the campaign.

His performances of late really haven’t helped his cause. Having looked off the mark in an otherwise strong and growing side, the time must be coming for someone else to come in and fill the role.

Start Jamie Shackleton

Jamie Shackleton has been one of the successful youth prospects in the Leeds ranks this season. Being limited to few games, and when picked getting played in a deeper position, this may be the perfect time for the 19-year-old to show just what he is capable of.

After being used as a cameo appearance for one full minute against West Brom, Shackleton managed to grab himself an assist in the 4-0 romping, showing the fans and Bielsa alike that he can truly hit the ground running. Imagine that, playing for one minute and managing to grab an assist, deadly.

A big game against Sheffield United may play perfectly into the young winger’s hands, with a lot to prove in a pressure-filled home game, an early start could get the fans right behind him and push to upset the Sheffield defence.

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