Leeds United laid down a gauntlet for their subsequent title challenge by recording a 4-1 victory over Derby County on their first away day of the season, but it’s unlikely that a similar result is in the offing when the teams go head-to-head once again on Friday evening.
A fully fit Leeds side is something to behold, not only because it is as rarely seen as an endangered species, but also due to its rampant, relentless and potent style of attacking football.
As Marcelo Bielsa prepares to face the crucial run in, which has often proven to be his downfall in the past, only one thing stands in his way as Leeds bid for promotion: injuries.
Derby’s visit to Elland Road on Friday could see Bielsa deprived of his creative hub in midfield, Pablo Hernandez, while the absence of Barry Douglas is in no doubt whatsoever (as per Yorkshire Evening Post).
Naturally the potential absence of Hernandez will be giving supporters genuine cause for concern, but an update from Frank Lampard today hinted that Derby are facing a comparably unwelcome scenario, with Harry Wilson confirmed as an injury doubt by the manager (as per YEP).
With Leeds coming into the evening fixture on the back of three straight defeats, Wilson’s absence could be absolutely priceless for the club.
Wilson possesses the star quality to create something out of nothing, with his long-range shooting, expertise from dead ball situations and twinkle-toed dribbling ability offering the Rams the type of quality which makes all the difference at this level.
Add in the fact that Douglas is set to miss the game and it’s clear Wilson could deliver another dagger into the heart of Leeds fans, if he is fit, of course.
In a division as competitive as the Championship fixtures of this magnitude are often decided on the finest of margins, and Wilson’s potential absence could be the determining factor which helps Leeds return to winning ways on Friday.
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