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How should Bielsa solve his left-back conundrum against Blackburn?

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How should Bielsa solve his left-back conundrum against Blackburn?

Marcelo Bielsa’s preference for a small squad and high-tempo football is well known, and so are the risks of that approach.

There is a chance that Leeds will burn out or simply run out of options; especially as their injury crisis continues to bite.

On Saturday, against Blackburn, Bielsa will likely be shorn of his first choice left back Barry Douglas. Up against a sole striker, the Argentine is expected to go with a four-man defence; but who should line up on the left of it?

Whoever Bielsa goes for will be up against Kasey Palmer and the pacy Chelsea loanee will look to exploit any uncertainty created by the reshuffle.

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27-year-old Stuart Dallas deputised last time out against his former club Brentford. While the Northern Irishman is a willing runner, he was sometimes caught out.

 

That’s understandable, given his lack of defensive experience, but Bielsa may wish to explore other options.

The returning Gaetano Berardi played at left-back for the Under 23s last week, which may be a clue that Bielsa will deploy him there this weekend. That said, he may be needed on the right.

Youngster Tom Pearce is the other stand-out option; a more natural defender than Dallas but no doubt less experienced.

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