Barry Douglas made the point after Nottingham Forest that the squad is very thin as is, so he doesn’t know if Marcelo Bielsa will ring the changes for the FA Cup. Leeds travel to Queens Park Rangers on Sunday afternoon and the debate is already in full swing, do we go for the win and momentum or just rest all of the key players.
Everyone will have slightly different opinion on this but for me we have to play the youngsters and if we go out then so be it. We have never had such a good chance at gaining promotion as we do this season under Marcelo Bielsa and the squad is suffering from the injuries sustained over the last few months. The likes of Mateusz Klich, Gjanni Alioski and Kalvin Phillips have started every league game this season and although Phillips is now banned it tells you the lack of depth in the side.
Queens Park Rangers themselves will be thinking they can sneak into the play-offs this season and will be looking to rest some players. One thing Leeds United do have is depth in the under 23’s, not just depth but talent as well. This game gives the opportunity to youngsters on the fringes of the first-team and looking to solidify their spot in the squad to impress and personally I hope Marcelo Bielsa does go for that option, it may sound controversial but being out of the cup isn’t the worst thing that could happen.
Will Huffer, Aapo Halme, Leif Davis, Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke have all made appearances for the first-team this season and the likes of Ryan Edmondson, Robbie Gotts and Hugo Diaz are all on the fringes. You could even look at the likes of Kun in the under 18’s as an option. Lewis Baker and Tyler Roberts should get the chance to start and maybe make some sort of impression on Bielsa, the pair have played a few games this season, Roberts making more of a wave than Baker for sure.