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22 Dec 2020 12:43:49
Injuries can seriously damage Leeds with the small squad

If Cooper is out injured who will Bielsa pick to play at CB?

I shudder to think that Bielsa plays Leif Davis at left sided CB against any team, not least against Burnley ; the guy is too small physically and in height

Llorente is training but I guess it might be too soon.

Struik would be my 1st choice. Good in the air has played reasonably well there before.

KP not convinced he can play CB and it would be a loss of him in CDM

Cresswell would be my second choice, he is is good in the air and on the deck. Yes he. has no EPL experience but could do well.

But Leif Davis god forbid he is only around 5 foot 5. He is simply too small to play CB!

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22 Dec 2020 13:18:03
BV not sure why you persist with this small squad line? ALL EPL sides are permitted a squad size of 25 players (subject to the home grown rule)

Admittedly the ‘calibre’ of player may not match the established top five/ six clubs but we have the same amount to choose from as everyone else.

It’s probably fair to assume that it’s unusual to have four centre backs out injured at any one time.

That does not excuse us not recruiting a proper left back but I think a bad run of injuries and loss of puff and form of Klich and Phillips better explains our losses not squad size.

22 Dec 2020 13:18:41
I think if Llorente is anywhere near fit, they’ll play him against Burnley.

22 Dec 2020 13:43:35
Class yes 25 but quite a few are just making up the numbers U23 rookies

So we definitely have a SMALL squad in terms of calibre of players AND in players that Bielsa will actually trust to pick

of the 25 listed how many are U23 players that Bielsa will simply not select from to play let alone start in a first team probably at least 5 players.

22 Dec 2020 14:42:45
Think Bielsa has shown time and time again he’s willing to utilise u23 players.

You can view the listed Leeds squad and as with all teams u23 are listed separately from the main 25.

I think most of us would agree centre back wise Bub was planning on as first choice and back up.



We only had a finite amount of money to spend and it’s also reasonable to assume in general that creators and goalscorers carry higher transfer fees.

Truth be told out of our first five choices for CB four are injured. And playing Struick is often dependant on an experienced partner.

Cannot understand supporters not cutting the Manager and the Team with a little more slack based upon injuries in this key area.

Probably explains why Bub will persevere with a cavalier approach hoping for Newcastle results as opposed to Man utd.

Let’s at least manage our expectations until we can at least chose 90% of recognised defenders.

22 Dec 2020 15:06:50
Yes I think with such a thin squad we are susceptible with injuries. Teams like Liverpool have good youngsters ready to step up but sadly either our younger players are just not good enough to do a job. You'd ha e thought after 3 years of bringing in younger players to provide talent for the first team at least 1 or 2 would have made it by now but sadly it appears we ha e nobody capable or trustworthy enough. I think we need to give Pascal a go and allow him to start getting match experience. Can he be any worse than our other options at the moment?

22 Dec 2020 15:39:14
Hopefully Llorente will be fit and selected to play against Burnley

Fingers crossed Koch and Berardi available by late February or beginning of March.

22 Dec 2020 15:43:05
Agree Alf, i’d put Struick and Casey in against Burnley they have an understanding from their time with the U23s and we’re better with Ayling at right back but them i’d play leif davis at left back too as playing so hung ho i’ think we would be stronger in the air and quicker to react. sadly that’s not Bubs way.

22 Dec 2020 16:55:21
For what it's worth my choice would be Cresswell and Struijk with instructions to the LB and RB give them support and don't go charging upfield as much as usual.

23 Dec 2020 04:01:35
If Llorente is back in training he will be fit enough to start.
My starting back 4 would be:-
Dallas, Struik, Llorente, Ayling.
Burnley will mainly go after us from set plays so we need the height of Struik.
At the end of the day they don't have the quality up front to steamroller us like some teams have so we just need to push them back then try not to give away too many silly dead ball situations in our half.
Hopefully Cooper will be back quickly (never thought I'd be saying that) .



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