How to replace Pablo Hernandez? Leeds United XI would face Cardiff City


Marcelo Bielsa called his first starting eleven for Leeds United during 16 weeks on Sunday, when his team will finally return to the championship.Leeds made the long trip to south Wales on Sunday for lunch as it seeks to resume from where it stopped prior to the closure and to maintain the momentum in its promotion campaign.

The team of Bielsa began the weekend top of the table championship as she began the first of his nine games remaining with a game against the hopes of the dam of Neil Harris.

Although Bielsa was reluctant to make too many changes, it will not be able to keep the same XI that saw Huddersfield Town the last time, when Leeds won a fifth consecutive victory.

Pablo Hernandez has been ruled out of the first game for Leeds and he will be joined on the margins by Jean-Kevin Augustin, after Bielsa has confirmed that the loan signing of January, is currently working as an individual.

How, then, will be aligned in Leeds? We look more closely at …

The defence

In terms of backline, Bielsa is expected to return to his unit of choice, which will be Gaetano Berardi fall on the bench.

Illan Meslier will continue in place of the suspended Kiko Casilla, while Luke Ayling, Ben White, Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas are likely to get the nod in front of him. The return of Kalvin Phillips means that White can return to its role as a centre-back more familiar and Leeds can pick up a sixth clean sheet in a row.

No real debate here.


Phillips will be hosted again in his usual role after having recovered from the knock that has kept him out the last game against Huddersfield.

You can expect that Mateusz Klich keeps his record of appearance in all league matches under Bielsa, while Jack Harrison and Helder Costa will again be on the flanks.

In terms of replacement of Hernandez, it seems that Tyler Roberts is the obvious candidate. The international welsh has impressed his teammates in training and has returned to form before the layoff, his / her clinical onset of two goals on the bench at Hull, suggesting that it may play a key role in the break-in.

Our XI scheduled departure

The striker

Once again, a no brainer here. The debate on the physical contribution of Patrick Bamford against his return of striker has raged all season, but the number nine from Leeds has always been the faith of Bielsa and will begin in the south of Wales. The concern is now what happens if Leeds is in need of an alternative for any reason whatsoever, with Augustin still on the key and Roberts ready to replace Hernandez. The occasion could be known for the best striker of the age of 23, Ryan Edmondson, on the bench expanded to nine players for Leeds this weekend?

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