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Squad rotation is key to high flying Leeds to maintain on top

Squad rotation is key to high flying Leeds to maintain on top

Leeds don’t want to let their lead at the top of the Championship table slip. That is obvious, but they have to be very wise in doing so. 

After two consecutive draws against Middlesbrough and Millwall, The Whites bounced back midweek by beating Preston 3-0. They face strugglers Birmingham today with the hope of maintaining their dominance.

But during a busy schedule, manager Marcelo Bielsa should think about rotating his squad to avoid fatigue, particularly given the demanding nature of his style as a manager.

With that in mind, these TWO men should start today against Birmingham:

Lewis Baker

Bielsa has relied on Baker a lot this season. But primarily as an impact from the bench. Today could be his chance to start and prove his value at the club in the centre of midfield.

Kalvin Phillips has been Bielsa’s preferred choice so far this season, but with a a quick turnaround between games, with another on Friday, then the following Tuesday, resting players is paramount, and the Chelsea loan should be given a start.

Stuart Dallas

Northern Ireland international Dallas has not featured much for The Whites so far this season, but with a spate of injuries to Bielsa’s men, this boosted the chances of Dallas making an impression.

With strikers Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe, as well as winger Pablo Hernández being out, Dallas has found game time as a striker. He has replaced Tyler Roberts in both Leeds’ previous two games and finished the game up front.

Bielsa should think about doing the same today. Roberts has been fantastic so far, but the Argentinian should think about keeping the 19-year-old fresh, and struggling Birmingham at home may be the best game to do that in.

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