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Having Dallas and Alioski as starting full-backs could make Leeds vulnerable

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Having Dallas and Alioski as starting full-backs could make Leeds vulnerable

Leeds United are in crisis at the back. Luke Ayling is the latest player to join the injury list, leaving Marcelo Bielsa with few choices in defence.

Left-back Barry Douglas is on the way back to full fitness but might not be ready for next weekend’s match.

And Gaetano Berardi, a right-back like Ayling, is also out injured.

This leaves Tom Pearce, 20, as the only fit full-back in Leeds’ senior ranks. And Bielsa does not seem to fancy him.

Instead of using Pearce, Bielsa has opted to play Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski in the full-back slots.


Both players prefer to play as wingers but have adapted well to slot in at the back.

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But if Bielsa is planning to use both of them at the same time, then this is a concern. It would leave Leeds vulnerable at the back.

Dallas and Alioski will have a natural urge to bomb forward and join the attacks. And given that Leeds will be spending a lot of time attacking, they have license to get up their flanks.

But this leaves Leeds prone to the counter-attack. With a tough test against Wigan Athletic coming up, it will be a real test for Dallas and Alioski.

The likes of Josh Windass, Nick Powell and Will Grigg will thrive from counter-punching against Leeds.

And using two wingers as starting full-backs would be a risky plot from Bielsa.

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