Leeds United have been dealt a blow ahead of their clash with Manchester City this Saturday with Jack Harrison ineligible to face his parent club.
Harrison has been outstanding under Marcelo Bielsa. And it was his superb cross that led to the only goal in Leeds’s 1-0 win at Sheffield United last time out.
In his absence, Bielsa has hinted that Gjanni Alioski will replace him (via Leeds Live). Alioski coming in makes a lot of sense.
He should provide Stuart Dallas with plenty of defensive support. And he has the ability to potentially cause City’s defence some problems at Elland Road.
It should come as little surprise if that proves to be the only change Bielsa makes. Leeds fans have become accustomed to the boss making as few changes as possible unless his hand is forced.
But perhaps, there is actually one other swap that Bielsa needs to make.
Tyler Roberts started the clash at Bramall Lane last weekend. The Wales international however, lasted just 45 minutes before he was replaced by Rodrigo Moreno.
It looked to be a change that Leeds needed to make. Roberts, on his day, has the ability to be one of the most talented performers in Bielsa’s squad.
Unfortunately, last Sunday was not quite his day. On the other hand, Rodrigo seemed to make a real difference.
He was more than happy to contribute in Leeds’s defensive third. But he was also brave on the ball on a number of occasions. He was involved in the build-up to the Whites’ winner.
It was certainly Rodrigo’s best display yet for the club. And it was a performance that should perhaps convince Bielsa to hand him a start against Pep Guardiola’s men this weekend.
Roberts has a piece of magic up his sleeve. And it should actually surprise few if Bielsa keeps faith with the youngster and he vindicates that decision with a superb display.
But Rodrigo proved a real point last weekend. And after a difficult start, the Spaniard looks ready to be Leeds’s game-changer.