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How will Bielsa cope with Ayling’s absence against Blackburn?

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How will Bielsa cope with Ayling’s absence against Blackburn?

Luke Ayling has been transformed from reliable right back into marauding attacking weapon under Marcelo Bielsa; one of a number of Leeds players the Argentine has had an impact on.

However, the Whites will be without the defender for their next fixture; a trip to Ewood Park to face Blackburn after the international break.

That leaves Bielsa without one of his most reliable players for a tricky match; made all the more difficult by Leeds’ patchy recent run of form.

So how does Bielsa get by without Ayling? The first thing to note is that the boss is liable to throw in a left-field solution; he is not scared to transform players’ positions or change his system up based on the strengths of the opponents.

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The obvious choice is 30-year-old Gaetano Berardi. He has the full-hearted commitment to carry out whichever gameplan Bielsa chooses, even if he lacks a little technical ability when compared with Ayling.


With Leeds in need of a win against an in-form side, the experience of the Italian could be critical.

Recalling the defender is perhaps the best way to deal with the big loss of Ayling, so long as he can keep his discipline.


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