Leeds United are involved in a three-way tie at the top of Preofessional Development League 2, and have named a powerful side to face one of the other tied-top sides in Burnley.
Carlos Corberan’s Under-23 charges are following the BielsaBall philosophy, one that has seen a number of them make a seamless step up to first team action of late.
What Corberan has done is reverse that trend somewhat, in that many players with first-team experience are named today. Starting out at the very back, he names Will Huffer as the starting goalkeeper, the youngster having kept a clean sheet on his Leeds United début a couple of games ago.
In defence Conor Shaughnessy and Leif Davis also feature, the former making a number of appearances last season for the Whites and the latter being on the bench for a number of games this campaign.
However, the powerful aspect of Corberan’s selection comes from midfield and up front. Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker gets a chance to get some more game time under his belt for the Whites and he will be joined by Stamford Bridge teammate Izzy Brown.
Brown is stepping up his fitness after arriving at Elland Road injured, Leeds being a part of his recuperation plans. Another loanee in Manchester City winger Jack Harrison is also named in what will be a potent attacking front unit.
Perhaps the most powerful of Corberan’s choices is that £7million man Patrick Bamford starts. The former Middlesbrough forward is coming back from an injury of his own, this match representing his first start, and game time, since injuring himself in an Under-23’s game at Elland Road.
The bench also features players with first-team experience in Aapo Halme and Jack Clark as the young, yet powerful, Whites hope to take their Lancashire counterpart’s unbeaten eight-game streak.