Bielsa to mix things up for Cottagers visit

21 Sep 2021 07:13 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Tuesday 21st September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road

Bielsa to mix things up for Cottagers visit

There are a lot of absentees for Leeds United at Fulham tonight with Koch, Llorente, Ayling, Harrison all ruled out. Patrick Bamford also took a knock in the second half at Newcastle and is not expected to play. Forshaw has a chance of featuring though. Jamie Shackleton, Adam Forshaw, Crysencio Summerville, Dan James and even Charlie Cresswell are all expected to be including in the starting line up at Craven Cottage this evening. It could be a chance for in form striker Joe Gelhardt to start following his brace against Liverpool U23a but Elland Road sources claim that Tyler Roberts will instead occupy the number nine role.

Expected line up: Meslier, Shackleton, Cresswell, Cooper, Firpo, Forshaw, Klich, Dallas, James, Summerville, Roberts

Anxious wait on Ayling

Leeds face an anxious wait to find out whether Luke Ayling has suffered knee ligament damage during the closing stages of last Friday nights clash at St James Park. Should the versatile defender have damaged his Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL - The ligament, located in the centre of the knee, that controls rotation and forward movement of the tibia), he could be sidelined for most of the season! Former player, and Leeds Utd Foundation Officer Noel Whelan expressed his concern...

We are already struggling with centre-halves. Ayling’s didn’t look the worst to me at the time. He just came in and blocked a challenge, that dangling leg just got caught. It looked like he may have tweaked a knee ligament, which would be the last thing Bielsa needs. They will have a look and hopefully it isn’t too bad.

Leeds should have been awarded penalty - Gallagher

Veteran referee, now pundit Dermot Gallagher has stated that Leeds should have been awarded a penalty for Joe Willock’s challenge on Dan James last Friday night at St James Park. The 64 year old ex Premier League referee was asked whether the Toon were lucky to escape a spot kick, to which Gallagher replied...

I think Mike Dean thinks Dan James has run into Willock. I think maybe he’s too close and doesn’t have a clear view. I think it’s a foul and penalty – he puts the ball by, and there, Willock goes in and stops him. I think that’s as high on the tolerance level before the VAR reviews.

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mentalcase wrote on 21 Sep 2021 05:39 pm

Cjay wrote: Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:19 pm You must be getting confused with Jack Harrison :)
Jack Harrison is getting confused with Jack Harrison.

Cjay wrote on 21 Sep 2021 01:19 pm

hector wrote: Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:40 am Or belt it into row Z :P :) :)
You must be getting confused with Jack Harrison :)

Ellandback1 wrote on 21 Sep 2021 12:32 pm

1964white wrote on 21 Sep 2021 11:10 am

Chilli D wrote: Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:49 am Why the VAR official didn't ask the ref to go and have a look at it on the monitor I will never know.
I was near the screen Chilli, not even a flicker, said to Phil if that had been at the other end the VAR sign would be glowing alight in readiness to award the barcodes a penalty.

Sadly we are not on a level playing field in the premier league :(

1964white wrote on 21 Sep 2021 11:06 am

DDB220 wrote: Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:20 am Who will be taking the set pieces if KP doesn’t start ?
Possibly Rodrigo if it's within shooting range.