By Noel Whelan

31st Aug, 2019 | 8:00am

'Massive' - Exclusive: Whelan suggest Bielsa omitting Leeds international in 1 change v Swansea


Noel Whelan claims that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is set to snub Barry Douglas to keep Ezgjan Alioski in the side against Swansea City on Saturday.

The former Leeds United and lifelong supporter of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says the Argentine manager is likely to make just one change from the side who beat Stoke City 3-0 last weekend, with Liam Cooper set to return for Gaetano Berardi.

Douglas missed out against the Potters through injury but is available once again for the home clash against the Swans.

However, having seen Alioski net against Stoke last week, Whelan insists the Macedonian international will be starting ahead of his rival for the left-back slot.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Nothing’s going to change. We’ve got Barry Douglas back but he will not change Alioski because he scored a goal last week. Same back four other than Cooper coming back alongside Ben White, Alioski on the left-hand side, on the right Stuart Dallas.

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“The midfield will be exactly the same and obviously Patrick Bamford, goalscorer last week as well. It’s first versus second, even if it is early in the season this is a massive game.”

Scotland international Douglas started the first three games of the season but has missed the last two league outings due to injury, Alioski taking his place in the starting XI.

Bielsa rested a number of his senior players for the midweek League Cup clash against Stoke, the Potters managing to exact revenge for last weekend’s 3-0 defeat with a penalty shoot-out victory.

In other Leeds United news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that an unhappy Tottenham have launched a probe at Elland Road.