Wholesale changes, youngster makes his debut: Leeds’ predicted XI to play Arsenal – opinion

Leeds United play against Arsenal on Monday in what would usually be one of the most important games of the Whites’ season.

Unfortunately, the match has had a bit of the shine taken off of it as the Yorkshire outfit have bigger fish to fry at the moment.

As nice as a cup run would be, promotion has to be the priority at Elland Road, and after the fixture congestion of the festive period, Marcelo Bielsa should consider heavily rotating his side.

Here’s how we think he should line up on Monday.

This is a great chance for Illan Meslier to get some practice in between the sticks.

The Frenchman may be called upon in the near future if Casilla does receive his ban, so giving him a chance to get rid of any rustiness could be a great idea.

Leeds’ defence doesn’t have all that much depth to it, so there aren’t too many changes.

Luke Ayling and Liam Cooper keep their spots, while Phil Hay has previously stated that he expects Barry Douglas to take Ezgjan Alioski’s left-back spot, which was then confirmed by Bielsa on Saturday.

The Argentine noted other team news too over the weekend, revealing Alioski will play, but on the wing and in place of Helder Costa.

Gaetano Berardi comes in to replace Ben White as the Brighton loanee has started every league game this term, so could probably do with a period out of the action.

Jordan Stevens keeps Jack Harrison out, while Kalvin Phillips retains his spot.

Robbie Gotts is expected to make his debut in the midfield, and he plays alongside the returning Jamie Shackleton after his injury issues.

After Eddie Nketiah was recalled by the Gunners, Patrick Bamford starts up top.

In other news, Leeds fans have been raving about one man’s performance against West Brom.

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