Exclusive: Leeds striker in line to be omitted v Liverpool after big training development
Marcelo Bielsa dropped a strong hint at the Leeds United training ground that club-record signing Rodrigo Moreno will be omitted from the starting XI v Liverpool on Saturday, Football Insider can reveal.
The United manager lined the first team up against the Under-23s in a specially-arranged match at Thorp Arch yesterday.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Patrick Bamford started up front for what was effectively the first-choice XI and Rodrigo led the line for the Under-23s.
This strongly suggested that Bielsa is not planning to start the Spain international striker in the Premier League opener at Anfield on Saturday evening.
That may be regarded as a surprise in some quarters given Leeds shelled out an initial £27m to Valencia for the services of proven front man Rodrigo.
Bamford, by contrast, was the subject of regular criticism from fans last season for regularly missed golden scoring chances.
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The Argentine gave no clues about his possible line-up at his pre-match media conference today.
Bielsa explained that he had all his players available for selection, except for long-term absentee Adam Forshaw.
The manager did not give anything away about his starting XI, as he often did when Leeds were in the Championship, but he did confirm big-money new signings Rodrigo and Robin Koch were “in great physical condition. Ready to play.”
Football Insider broke the news early on Tuesday that Bielsa had pulled the Under-23s out of Leeds’ EFL Trophy that tonight and insisted the club field a team made up of Under-18s.
Bielsa’s priority this week has been getting his first team in top shape for the weekend’s mouthwatering opener against Jurgen Klopp’s champions.