Noel Whelan has claimed that Leeds United youngster Leif Davis will be among the candidates who could play at left-back against Queens Park Rangers after an update from Marcelo Bielsa.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and lifelong supporter at Elland Road says that the manager will have a crucial decision to make if either Ezgjan Alioski or Barry Douglas are missing for Saturday’s showdown.
The Argentine boss confirmed at his press conference that both the Macedonian and Scottish international are suffering with injury problems which puts their availability in doubt.
💬 Marcelo provides an update on the team: "Pablo Hernandez is fit, Patrick Bamford has a little problem with the ankle. Alioski [hip] and Douglas [knee] have a problem as well, but it's not definite yet [as to whether they will miss the game]." pic.twitter.com/WlYvXfAXm2
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 31, 2019
Whelan suggests that there are three names in the running to take over on the left-hand side of the defence if Alioski or Douglas are not available and says he expects one of the experienced options to take charge.
Asked who could fill in, Whelan told Football Insider: “You’ve got a couple of options there in my eyes.
“Stuart Dallas who can go back into that role. You’ve got Gaetano Berardi who can go back into that role. I also think you’ve got Leif Davis sitting on the bench who is a natural left-back.
“I’ve got a sneaky feeling that it might be the tried and trusted and the more experienced so I would have thought if you let Dallas go back to the left-back role, which he’s more than capable of playing, then that frees up a midfield space.”
Davis, 19, has just one Championship start under his belt from his eight first-team appearances, although he did line up in both of the club’s League Cup fixtures.
Dallas started the season as a makeshift right-back in the absence of Luke Ayling before moving into the middle of the park to cover for Adam Forshaw and Jamie Shackleton’s injury setbacks.
Berardi meanwhile has played as a centre-back for the last three of Leeds’ fixtures, captain and mainstay Liam Cooper forced to the sidelines through a groin problem.
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