Thursday, October 6, 2022

Rodrigo And Koch Feature | Strongest Possible Leeds United Lineup So Far This Season

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

The international break is finally set to resume this week following a few weeks of exciting club footballing action throughout Europe. For us, it is an ideal time to look back at the performances of certain clubs so far this campaign, especially in the Premier League.

Leeds United, in particular, have impressed the onlookers with their high-intensity football under Marcelo Bielsa. So, in this article, we will be looking to build their strongest possible eleven, based purely on performances so far this season.

Strongest Leeds United Lineup So Far This Season

Defence

Bielsa hasn’t had the opportunity to test too many defenders, with new signing Diego Llorente yet to even make his debut due to injuries. Liam Cooper has also had his fair share of fitness problems while his performances haven’t been particularly great either.

Unfortunately, putting anyone else ahead of Cooper could come at the expense of overall balance in the defensive unit. So the Leeds United captain should feature alongside Robin Koch at the heart of the four-man backline, with Luke Ayling operating at right-back.

Stuart Dallas, meanwhile, should get the nod ahead of Ezgjan Alioski, while Illan Meslier is an undisputed starter in goal.

Strongest Leeds United Lineup So Far This Season - Meslier starts in goal.
Leeds United’s French goalkeeper Illan Meslier reacts during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Leeds United at Selhurst Park in south London on November 7, 2020. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by GLYN KIRK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Midfield

Kalvin Phillips is another guaranteed starter in the number six role for Leeds United, though his absence due to injury over the past week or so has been devastating for the club, in terms of performances.

Nevertheless, Phillips should accompany Mateusz Klich, who has been an ever-present figure in the middle of the park, with Rodrigo Moreno starting ahead of Pablo Hernandez, Jamie Shackleton and Tyler Roberts in the most advanced midfield position.

Attack

As far as the attack is concerned, Helder Costa and Jack Harrison have been ever-present figures in the side. These two are perhaps the strongest options for the Whites as well in the wider attacking positions, although new signing Raphinha has shown a lot of promise.

The Brazilian, unfortunately, is yet to receive a start in the Premier League, which is where Costa gets the benefit of the doubt.

Meanwhile, the Leeds United attack should, no doubt, be spearheaded by Patrick Bamford, who has emerged as one of Premier League’s most lethal strikers this season with seven goals in eight matches. His performances over the past couple of games have been quite underwhelming though.

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