Ajax 4-0 Leeds United - recap: Whites well beaten as Amsterdam friendly double-header comes to close
Leeds United take on Dutch giants Ajax this evening in a second friendly of the day at the Johan Cruyff ArenA.
The Whites have made a flying visit to the Netherlands as part of the club's final preparations for the upcoming 2021/22 Premier League campaign.
A Leeds XI - watched by head coach Marcelo Bielsa and owner Andrea Radrizzani - took on Ajax's youngsters at the De Toekomst training complex this afternoon.
United fell to a 3-1 defeat against their hosts earlier today and will now face the senior side this evening with kick-off set for 7.15pm UK time.
You can follow all the latest from Amsterdam right here below throughout the pre-season friendly:
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- Leeds United travel to face Dutch giants Ajax
- The Whites made the trip to the Netherlands for a double-header
- A United XI lost to Ajax’s youngsters this afternoon 3-1
- Bielsa’s first team take on the senior side tonight
- Kick-off at the Johan Cruyff Arena is at 7.15pm UK time
- FULL-TIME RESULT: Ajax 4-0 Leeds United
Welcome to part two of Leeds United’s double-header with Dutch giants Ajax.
The Whites fell to a 3-1 defeat to Ajax’s youngsters this afternoon as they fielded an XI mixed with youth an experience.
The rest of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad will now face the senior side this evening in front of 25,000 supporters in Amsterdam.
Early Leeds United team news
So... we have a good idea about those who won’t be involved this evening after this afternoon’s game at the De Toekomst training complex.
Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper were given a first run out of pre-season against the Dutch side’s youngsters.
There were also minutes for Helder Costa, Adam Forshaw, Ian Poveda and Tyler Roberts.
Youngsters Crysencio Summerville and Sam Greenwood were also called upon among a few others from Thorp Arch’s academy ranks.
Unless Bielsa opts to push his senior players, there’s a strong chance that none of the above will be in tonight’s squad to face Ajax’s first team.
We will have to wait and see for certain with team news out at around 6.15pm.
Here’s this afternoon’s report if you missed it
Leeds United are in Amsterdam
AJAX TEAM NEWS
LEEDS UNITED TEAM NEWS
Leeds United’s full squad v Ajax
Leeds United: Meslier, Shackleton, Ayling, Struijk, Dallas, Koch, Klich, Raphinha, Harrison, Rodrigo, Bamford.
Subs: Klaesson, Jenkins, McCarron, Roberts, Costa, Summerville.
Klaesson in squad for first time
There’s a spot on the bench for new singing Kristoffer Klaesson this evening.
United have also filled the bench with a number of players who featured for 45 minutes earlier this afternoon.
The starting line-up for the Whites is among the strongest available to Bielsa tonight.
There’s no Diego Llorente - who hobbled off against Real Betis - while Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips miss out after picking up minutes earlier today.
No Junior Firpo
He has made two appearances for Leeds in pre-season so far.
45 minutes against Blackburn Rovers and Real Betis.
He is, though, absent from tonight’s squad it seems. The former Barcelona man is missing with a minor knock and has been left out as a precaution.