Jesse Marsch’s side have enjoyed a decent start to the 2022/23 campaign.
After two matches, they remain unbeaten after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 on the opening day before squandering a two-goal lead against Southampton to pick up a point last weekend.
Now they face the Blues in their toughest test yet and the American head coach will have to do so without star striker Patrick Bamford, who in a familiar tale to last season, is injured.
It’s a big blow to Leeds but one they have to deal with.
That leaves Marsch with plenty to ponder in terms of team selection – does he bring young talisman Joe Gelhardt into the fray? He did score against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last year. Does he deploy someone like Daniel James up top again? or does he risk something else?
Perhaps it could be wise to move the in-form Rodrigo into the striker or false nine role, given he has found the net three times already this campaign.
That would then allow a space in midfield to open up and potentially for Luis Sinisterra.
However, he’s now back and ready to provide the Whites with his speed, flair and obvious goal threat.
Indeed, the 23-year-old delivered a whopping 23 goals and 14 assists from 49 appearances last season, which are returns that far eclipse that of any Leeds player in 2021/22.
Marsch hugely suffered from the absence of Bamford last season as only Raphinha hit double figures, so to have someone like Sinisterra available is certainly going to help as he can evidently step up to provide a threat in front of goal.
Feyenoord assistant John de Wolf once waxed lyrical about his former winger, claiming:
“A very pleasant person, a cheerful boy with exceptional qualities.
“I sometimes see him without a shirt. Then I think: ‘I don’t want to run into that’
“He can make something out of nothing. He has been involved in more than half of the goals in 100 games for Feyenoord. He is a pearl and can become much more dominant.”
As such, Marsch should forget about Joffy and look to his summer signing to provide something of an unknown quantity against the Blues.
He could be the man to hurt them on the left flank, with the young frontman likely to feature off the bench later in the game, just as he did when scoring against them last season.
AND in other news, Leeds can truly replace Raphinha in late swoop for “exceptional” £25m gem…