Date: 29th July 2019 at 5:01pm
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Pre-season is over and the Championship curtain-raiser at Bristol City is now the focus of attention for all associated with Leeds United.

The first-team squad may not be where everyone would like it to be, but further reinforcements are far from certain, while players making a late dash away from Elland Road cannot be ruled out, either.

Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Helder Costa and Brighton & Hove Albion ace Ben White have moved to West Yorkshire this summer, though, and the loan duo will be expected to play a big role in our efforts as promotion into the Premier League will be the goal once again.

Whether Marcelo Bielsa hands White or Costa their competitive Whites debuts at Ashton Gate is another matter, and fans on Twitter have been debating who the boss will call on to face the Robins on Saturday, August 4.

The discussion was sparked by prominent United author David Watkins, who suggested Bielsa will favour Kalvin Phillips in his back four over White, and will usher Adam Forshaw into the starting XI to occupy the void left in midfield.

Watkins also expects the boss to field Kiko Casilla between the sticks amid interest from Sevilla, while Stuart Dallas, Liam Cooper and Barry Douglas will make up the remainder of the defence.

Midfield, meanwhile, would see Costa make his competitive Whites debut alongside Forshaw, Mateusz Klich, Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez, while Patrick Bamford leads the line on his own.

Here’s how these fans reacted to Watkins’ suggested XI…

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One Reply to “‘Hope you’re wrong’ – Many Leeds fans debate Bielsa’s key expected call”

  • Pretty clear that this guy knows very little about our squad or Bielsaball.

    KP will not be in the back 4. White will. End of. He’s been solid to date. Forshaw is truly awful as DM. He plays the regular DM role, not the Bielsaball role. He doesn’t get the aux CB part of it & goes charging forward with the FBs instead of dropping back, terribly exposing us. IF we needed cover for KP, Alfie McCalmont is more than adequate cover. He’s ready to step in & played that role for the u23s for a year. So I can only assume his guy has never watched our u23s or our pre season games. Either that or he’s just a fool. Or more likely, just an attention-seeker.
    I actually doubt if Forshaw will start at all. I think there’s more of a case for Clarke or Allioski coming in & either Pablo or Costa moving infield to play #10. Wild card is Bogusz in at #10, which would be a risk. But I for one would love it!

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