Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to have a small squad at Elland Road and call upon the youngsters in the academy if needed has been successful so far, although with a number of key players out injured it easily could have backfired. Now, though, the club has ridden the storm and with a host of players returning, the fans have been responding to this article in The YEP over who they want to see.
Do Roofe and Berardi comes straight back in? And will Pablo Hernandez be ready? A look at the decisions facing Marcelo Bielsa with the season set to resume at Blackburn on Saturday:https://t.co/fsHPqRBylN
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 17, 2018
With Kemar Roofe and Gaetano Berardi both definitely looking like being available for The Whites trip to Ewood Park, a lot of fans have been discussing whether or not the two will be straight back in the starting eleven. Seeing as Luke Ayling has a one-game ban it looks like Berardi will fit in at right-back, but with Tyler Roberts playing well and scoring goals it will be a tough call for Bielsa to decide who starts out of him and the returning Roofe.
Then, aside from Roofe and Berardi, you’ve got the issue of Pablo Hernandez. The Spaniard is arguably Leeds best player and when fit and firing he simply has to play, but whether Bielsa will risk him for Saturday is another matter. Pontus Jansson and Barry Douglas are also doubts, Douglas is slightly behind with his injury concerns whilst Jansson is waiting on his wife to give birth, as well as waiting on hearing back from The FA over a potential ban or fine after his comments about referee Jeremy Simpson following the Brentford clash.
You can read The Whites’ verdict on their team selection here:
Surely it’s berardi at RB? Roofe has to start and If Hernandez is fit then him starting is a no brainier
— James Astill (@Astillj01) October 17, 2018
Berardi or Shackleton for Ayling, Berardi maybe for Douglas (even though we will suffer creatively though Alioski is a very good option after Brentford – don’t like Dallas at LB). Hernandez for Harrison (who could jump in for Alioski at LW with him at LB) and Roofe for Roberts.
— Al Davies (@TheXdSwords) October 17, 2018
Berardi definitely plays at RB
— Simon Green (@Simongreen19) October 17, 2018
They can’t drop PJ been class
— Cam Burrows (@CamBurrows92) October 17, 2018
You have to be ready pablo, I’ve missed you with your sublime skill and fantastic finishing. Wish I could run on the pitch and hug you sometimes but my wheelchair might get in the way a bit
— tim rodwell (@lens1312) 17 October 2018
Play all 3 if fit. MOT
— Steven Tosney (@S_Tosney) October 17, 2018
Think Pablo will miss out, but Roofe definitely has to come back in
— Matt Hill (@MattyHill83) October 17, 2018
Pablo on bench other 2 start imo
— GARFORTH WHITE RAFDAD (@1970Garforth) October 17, 2018
The Whites are buzzing for the return of club football and will hope that their returning stars can inspire them to all three points against a resilient Blackburn side.
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