Exclusive: Bielsa tipped by Phillips to hand rare Leeds start to 28-yr-old today
Marcelo Bielsa is likely to hand a rare Leeds United start to Ezgjan Alioski against Man City on Saturday, according to Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Premier League golden boot winner suggested United go all out attack against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Leeds currently sit six places above City in the Premier League table having played a game more.
Bielsa’s side have won their last two Premier League games after their opening day defeat to champions Liverpool at Anfield.
City suffered a shock 5-2 defeat against Leicester City last weekend and are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league.
Leeds will be without influential winger Jack Harrison who has played every minute in the Premier League this season as he is on loan from Etihad Stadium.
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Alioski, who has not started any of United’s three Premier League matches this season, and Rodrigo Moreno are among the options available to Bielsa.
Asked by Football Insider who should replace Harrison on the left of midfield, Phillips said: “I’d look at Allioski. Rodrigo is more of an out-and-out striker, for me.
“It will be interesting to see what Bielsa does in terms of his tactics. He might just think ‘look, nobody is expecting us to win the game, nobody is expecting us to get anything out of it, let’s go and attack and have a go’.
“Attack is the best form of defence so it can either go one way or another.
“It wouldn’t surprise me whatever he does, obviously he can’t go kamikaze.
“Allioski for me would be a better shout out wide than Rodrigo.”
Ahead of the game City boss Pep Guardiola labelled Bielsa as the person he “admires the most in world football as a manager and a person”.
He said: “I think he is the most authentic manager all the time in terms of how he conducts his teams, he is unique.”
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