Leeds United embark on a new era on Saturday afternoon as Jesse Marsch takes charge of his first game of the club.
The American took over as manager from Marcelo Bielsa following the Whites’ disappointing 4-0 defeat to Spurs last time out in the Premier League, and after a couple of days working with the team, the 48-year-old will today name his first starting line-up in his new role against Leicester.
With the Yorkshire club’s Premier League status in real question after a series of dismal results in recent weeks, Marsch will be desperately hoping for a quick start to his reign, and all eyes will be on the kind of team he puts out today at the King Power Stadium.
With that in mind, here is a look at how we think Leeds might line up when they make the trip to face Leicester.
The big difference Marsch is likely to make from the team which lost so meekly against Spurs is the formation.
The Athletic identified that the American’s most-used tactical set-up at his previous clubs has been a 4-2-2-2, and it’s likely that we’ll see something similar with Leeds going forward, starting today.
Illan Meslier will keep his place in between the sticks, but with Diego Llorente out injured, Robin Koch should move back into the centre of defence alongside Pascal Struijk. Luke Ayling will retain his right-back spot, but Marsch could make his first real big call by dropping Junior Firpo.
The £55k-a-week earner endured a disaster against Spurs last week, being turned inside out by Dejan Kulusevski and seeing the Swede get on the scoresheet in a rampant victory for the north London side.
In his place, the versatile Stuart Dallas could come into the fold, while Mateusz Klich returns to the starting line-up to partner Adam Forshaw in the middle of the park.
Out wide, Raphinha and Jack Harrison will be the two men tasked with providing the attacking support, with Marsch making a pair of exciting changes up front.
Rodrigo – who we here on Football FanCast have suggested could take off under Marsch’s leadership – and Joe Gelhardt may be given the task of leading the line as a dynamic duo this afternoon.
Predicted XI: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Struijk, Dallas; Raphinha, Klich, Forshaw, Harrison; Gelhardt, Rodrigo.