Leeds United v West Ham team news - Charlie Cresswell makes league debut as Raphinha starts

Charlie Cresswell makes his Leeds United league debut as Raphinha also starts in Saturday's Premier League clash against West Ham at Elland Road.

Saturday, 25th September 2021, 2:26 pm

Nineteen-year-old Academy graduate Cresswell excelled in Tuesday night's Carabao Cup clash at Fulham and now starts alongside captain Liam Cooper at centre-back and next to Jamie Shackleton at right back.

Star winger Raphinha also lines up despite having being taken off in last Friday's 1-1 draw at Newcastle United with a hip injury as part of a contest in which Luke Ayling also came off with a knee problem. Ayling has failed to make the match day squad.

Patrick Bamford picked up a knee problem in the clash at St James' Park and is out injured along with Ayling, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch whilst Pascal Struijk serves the final match of a three-game ban.

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In the absence of Bamford, Rodrigo has been given the nod upfront, supported by Mateusz Klich as the no 10 as Tyler Roberts has to settle for a place on the bench.

Jack Harrison missed the Magpies clash having tested positive for coronavirus but returns as a substitute.

Striker Michail Antonio returns to the West Ham side having missed last weekend's 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United through suspension.

Leeds United: Meslier, Shackleton, Cresswell, Cooper (c), Firpo, Phillips, Dallas, Klich, Raphinha, James, Rodrigo. Subs: Klaesson, McCarron, Drameh, Hjelde, Harrison, Summerville, Roberts, Gelhardt, Greenwood.

THUMBS UP: From Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road ahead of Saturday's clash against West Ham. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

West Ham United: Fabiański, Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice (c), Souček, Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Antonio Subs: Areola, Johnson, Dawson, Diop, Noble, Král, Lanzini, Vlašić, Yarmolenko.

Referee: Kevin Friend.

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