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Leeds United roster set to start against Newcastle


Leeds United can move within a point of 11th Arsenal when they visit Newcastle on Tuesday night.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have suffered a drop in form but remain firmly seated in the middle of the Premier League table and appear ready for an impressive finish on their return to the top flight.

Leeds are winless in their last three games and have pulled out of the FA Cup at the hands of Crawley Town. But with a solid 10 days off in the tank, the Whites are well equipped to head northeast and return to victory.

Here’s how they could set up looking for three points against a struggling Newcastle side.

Illan Meslier (GK) – Meslier has returned to training for Leeds and will undoubtedly resume his place in the starting XI ahead of Kiko Casilla.

Luke Ayling (RB) – Ayling is returning to his more comfortable role at the back, with Leeds now having more defensive options to choose from.

Diego Llorente (CB) – Leeds’ summer signing is back in the fold after a long injury and will be key to solidifying a fragile defense.

Liam Cooper (CB) – Cooper will sit next to Llorente, retaining his place to the side.

Stuart Dallas (LB) – With Ayling back on the right, Stuart Dallas will be heading to his more familiar left flank.

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Phillips is available again for Leeds | Matthew Ashton – AMA / Getty Images

Kalvin Phillips (DM) – He missed the loss to Brighton, but Phillips is back from suspension and therefore back in the XI.

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The 24-year-old has been impressive for the Whites since signing in October.

Rodrigo (CM) – Rodrigo struggled when he played out of position and hasn’t quite reached the heights that reflect the record fees of the club he signed for, but will keep his place for lack of a better replacement.

Mateusz Klich (CM) – The utilitarian man of Leeds thrives in the combative role in which Bielsa deploys him.

Jack Harrison (LM) –
Seven league goal contributions this season have been impressive for Harrison, who appears to be a threat with every contact of the ball on either flank.

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Bamford surprised a few this season | Pool / Getty Images

Patrick Bamford (ST) – No one really expected the 27-year-old to find his marks in the Premier League, but his 10 league goals so far have kept skeptics silent.