Predicted XI: How Leeds could line up after Qatari investment

Rumours have been rampant this week that Leeds United are set to receive investment from Qatar Sports Investments.

Andrea Radrizzani’s comments after Marcelo Bielsa’s contract was extended implies he isn’t going anywhere, but investment from multi-billionaires would certainly help him resolve the “unfinished business” he feels there is at Elland Road.

This financial group led by Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi are responsible for the financial boom that has happened at PSG over the past decade, and their presence at the club could spell some big-money signings arriving.

The line-up

Kiko Casilla: The Champions League winner may flourish if he doesn’t have the pressure of being one of the Whites’ highest earners.

Luke Ayling: Ayling has become one of the best right-backs in the division, so it would be extremely harsh to get rid of him.

Liam Cooper: The captain retains his place in the team after his incredible performances last season.

Yoann Barbet: The Frenchman is available on a free but Leeds’ ability to offer high wages could see him choose Elland Road over any of his other possible destinations.

Ezgjan Alioski: The Swiss left-back will face competition from Barry Douglas for this position, but the Yorkshire outfit don’t need to strengthen here.

Kalvin Phillips: He has been heavily linked with a Premier League move, but this new project at his hometown club should be enough to convince him to stay.

Jese Rodriguez: A big-name arrival. Leeds were interested in January and rumours have started up again. QSI’s links with PSG will certainly help get this one done, but the fact that he was a flop when he joined Stoke City previously in England is surely a potential worry.

Fabian Delph: A reported £15 million move seemed unlikely at the time, but that fee may now be a drop in the ocean with this type of investment.

Mateusz Klich: The Pole started every game under Bielsa last season, so there is no reason to believe he will be replaced.

Pablo Hernandez: 2018/19 Player of the Season should be in no danger of being replaced as he still has a lot to offer.

Dwight Gayle: Arguably the Championship’s most reliable goalscorer. The Whites have been linked with an expensive deal, and that would be a real possibility if the Qatari investment comes to fruition.