Noel Whelan claims that Leeds United duo Jack Harrison and Helder Costa are “troubling” manager Marcelo Bielsa ahead of Saturday’s clash against Derby County.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and lifelong fan of the club says that he cannot be certain the Argentine boss will keep faith with the same starting XI who saw off Barnsley last weekend.
As has been the case all season in Leeds’ Championship fixtures Harrison was chosen to start against the Tykes, although he found himself replaced by Costa at half-time.
Despite Bielsa’s reluctance at changing a winning side in the past, Whelan thinks that the left-wing spot is going to be causing him a serious headache as he ponders whether to start Harrison again or bring in his Portuguese counterpart.
Asked if Bielsa would keep the same starting XI from the Barnsley games, Whelan told Football Insider: “I’m not so sure. I’m in two minds here because of the impact Eddie had when he came on and also Helder Costa in the second half.
“Not too many times will Marcelo Bielsa make those changes at half-time but he did, taking Harrison off and putting Costa on, you could see the immediate impact he had after five, seven minutes of being on the field. Again, causing problems down the left with pace and trickery.
“That will be one position that will be troubling him, does he go with Costa, does he go with Harrison? He’s got massive decisions to make.”
Costa has now featured as a substitute in every single one of Leeds’ league fixtures, Sunday’s 45 minutes at Oakwell the longest run out he has been handed in the Championship by Bielsa.
Harrison meanwhile has started every one of the club’s second-tier outings, playing the full 90 minutes on just three occasions.