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Sport Raphinha & Forshaw start, 23 y/o dud axed as Bielsa makes big call: Predicted Leeds XI - opinion

14:10  23 october  2021
14:10  23 october  2021 Source:   footballfancast.com

'Could easily make an argument' - Phil Hay drops interesting Leeds claim involving Raphinha

  'Could easily make an argument' - Phil Hay drops interesting Leeds claim involving Raphinha Leeds United winger Raphinha may have become even more crucial for the Whites than Kalvin Phillips, according to journalist Phil Hay. The Lowdown: Raphinha excels on Brazil debut The 24-year-old has been superb for Leeds since arriving from Rennes in 2020 and he has taken his form with him to the international stage. Raphinha registered […]The 24-year-old has been superb for Leeds since arriving from Rennes in 2020 and he has taken his form with him to the international stage.

Marcelo Bielsa standing on a baseball field: Marcelo Bielsa looks on © Provided by Football FanCast Marcelo Bielsa looks on

With just the one win in the Premier League this season, Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping that his Leeds United side can pick up some much-needed momentum when they take on Wolves on Saturday afternoon.

The Whites manager is facing arguably the most difficult time in his spell at Elland Road, with a combination of poor form and numerous injuries seeing them hover just above the relegation zone eight games in.

While Bielsa will be boosted by the return of Raphinha for the game against Bruno Lage’s side, he still has to contend with the likes of Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling being ruled out. With that in mind, below is a look at how Leeds might line up for today’s clash.

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  Radrizzani must avoid unforgivable Leeds howler amid major claim, fans will be fuming - opinion Leeds United must avoid selling Brazil star Raphinha amid a recent transfer claim from Gabby Agbonlahor.The Brazil star has been in scintillating form for his country during the international break, including a game-changing performance against Venezuela when he came on as a substitute and helped set up two goals in a 3-1 win.

In goal, Illan Meslier will be hoping to keep a rare clean sheet in the Premier League this season, with his only shutout coming in the 1-0 victory over Watford a couple of weeks ago.

The back four should remain unchanged with Ayling still out, so Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper will continue their centre-back partnership, while Jamie Shackleton and Stuart Dallas occupy the full-back roles.

In midfield, Adam Forshaw could be in line to make a rare start in the Premier League after coming on as a substitute against Southampton last time out, and that could help offset the absence of Kalvin Phillips in the engine room.

Raphinha should also come straight into the line-up, with 23-year-old Dan James dropped to the bench after some underwhelming performances, so last season’s partnership of the Brazilian and Jack Harrison will be given the chance to impress.

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  ‘They do like him’ – Leeds player’s agent confirms interest from Liverpool "Liverpool do like him, there were surveys, but nothing official. Leeds wanted to keep him for another season."The Brazillian made the move to the Premier League last summer. Leeds paid around £17m to sign him from Rennes.

Up front, Bielsa has a big call to make over the underperforming Rodrigo, and having given Joe Gelhardt a cameo against the Saints, the teenager might be given the nod to start today.

Meanwhile, Leeds must finally unleash this academy starlet…

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'I'm still not over this', 'My heart stopped' - Lots of Leeds fans react as footage emerges .
A collection of Leeds United fans have reacted to footage of star man Raphinha colliding with manager Marcelo Bielsa. Having gone into the last round of fixtures in great need of a win – they had just seven points after nine Premier League games – all involved with Leeds would have been delighted to claim […]Having gone into the last round of fixtures in great need of a win – they had just seven points after nine Premier League games – all involved with Leeds would have been delighted to claim all three points against Norwich City.

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