Exclusive: Whelan tips multiple line-up changes as early Leeds team news is in
Noel Whelan has revealed his relief Rodrigo Moreno will be back in the Leeds United squad and tipped multiple changes to the line-up against Arsenal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker ripped into fellow forward Tyler Roberts and insisted he was “not up to scratch” in the Premier League.
Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Marcelo Bielsa confirmed the Spain international was back in contention after his period of self-isolation following a positive Covid-19 test.
📰 “Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo are back" Marcelo provides an update on the team ahead of our next fixture
— Leeds United (@LUFC) November 20, 2020
As quoted by Leeds Live, Bielsa went on to say that Rodrigo would likely start on the bench against the Gunners, with Pablo Hernandez ruled out through injury.
Whelan has lauded the return of the 29-year-old and admitted he would be a significant improvement on Roberts, who featured as a substitute in the Whites’ last two games.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Well, look, I mean it’s strange because he was getting right into the swing of things, we’re were seeing that Rodrigo (that is) fantastic on the ball great movement, a bit of pace, that creativity.
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“After getting his goal against Manchester City, that kind of kicked him on another level and we’re really seeing a really good player come out in Rodrigo. You know the Covid came at such a bad time, really, for him and for Leeds because he was getting into the swing of things.
“He was getting on the ball, he’s always available, he’s brave and linking up play is fantastic. He’ll be another one that’ll be welcome back into the side because we don’t know where it stands with Hernandez at the minute, Tyler Roberts certainly is not up to scratch and up to speed with Premier League football.
“He’s a player that, hopefully, two weeks, is back in contention. He’s not going to be as sharp because I think you lose a bit of match fitness and sharpness with being out for such a long length of time and other players being away with international duty.
“He’s one of these players of international quality and we need him in the squad because it looks very bare and very light without these signings that we made in the summer.”
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