Leeds United's predicted line-up at Birmingham City with changes, debut and new striker call

Leeds United will take in their first Championship away day of the new season at Birmingham City on Saturday – and this is how we think the Whites will line up.

Boss Daniel Farke was without ten injured players for Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie at home to Shrewsbury Town for which Liam Cooper, Crysencio Summerville, Patrick Bamford, Georginio Rutter, Mateo Joseph, Tyler Adams, Jack Harrison, Junior Firpo, Sam Greenwood and longer-term absentee Stuart Dallas were all sidelined.

Italian international teenager forward Gnonto also failed to make the matchday squad and Farke revealed in Wednesday night’s post-match press conference that the 19-year-old had been “unavailable” but was not injured. But Farke then declared the following day that Gnonto was still part of his plans as the boss also revealed that Rutter had recovered to such a degree that he could be involved at Birmingham.

Another option then became available to Farke the following day as Leeds announced the signing of Wales international centre-back Joe Rodon on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur. Rodon has signed in time to feature in Saturday’s clash at St Andrew’s and this is the Whites XI that we think will start out against John Eustace’s Blues.