Leeds roster set to start against Everton
Leeds United will be aiming for their third consecutive Premier League win by hosting an inconsistent Everton side on Wednesday night.
After a brief drop in form, the Whites’ recent resurgence has been impressive, but with games to come Marcelo Bielsa could be forced into a rotation against the Toffees.
Here is the programming which should start at Elland Road…
Illan Meslier (GK) – Although Leeds are at the end of a few muffles this season, Meslier has performed well. The 20-year-old has registered a save percentage of 75% and will continue between the sticks on his side.
Luke Ayling (RB) – Ayling is one of Bielsa’s most trusted lieutenants. He has only missed 20 minutes of Leeds’ Premier League season so far and that is unlikely to change on Wednesday.
Pascal Struijk (CB) – With Diego Llorente and Robin Koch still injured, Struijk is expected to start at center-back. Since joining the squad two games ago, Leeds are undefeated.
Liam Cooper (CB) – Ever since fixing a fitness issue a few weeks ago, the Leeds captain has always been there at the heart of their bottom line.
Ezgjan Alioski (LB) – Alioski has scored two goals from left-back this season and has appeared in all but two of his 20 league games. He is vital for Bielsa’s system and will start against Everton.
Kalvin Phillips (DM) – Aside from a brief spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury, Phillips has been consistent at the base midfielder for Leeds, having only been substituted once.
Image ID: Helder Costa (RM) With Raphina struggling for his physical form, Costa is set to make his return to the starting XI. Having started the season strong, the summer signing has slipped down the pecking order more recently.
Stuart Dallas (CM) – Few players have benefited from Bielsea’s arrival in Leeds more than Dallas. Capable of playing multiple roles in El Loco’s system, he has been used in midfield lately.
Mateusz Klich (CM) – Dallas has been associated with Rodrigo in Leeds’ last three games. However, the Spaniard is another player who is expected to be missed on Wednesday due to injury. Klich is expected to fit in perfectly, with the Pole recording the fifth most presses in the Premier League this season.
Jack Harrison (LM) – Harrison scored a fine goal last time against Leicester, his fifth strike of the season. The 2016 MLS Superdraft’s number one pick has also provided four assists so far.
Patrick Bamford (ST) – Despite a dead leg against Leicester, it is likely that Bamford will recover in time to lead the line on Wednesday. He was directly involved in all three goals at King Power Stadium, in what was one of his best performances in a Leeds shirt.