Marcelo Bielsa lays out Leeds United's plan of attack ahead of busy festive period

Marcelo Bielsa's side travel to Luton Town this weekend in Championship action

Friday, 22nd November 2019, 5:00 pm
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa. (Getty)

Marcelo Bielsa says he is prepping his Leeds United reinforcements ahead of a busy run of games over the Christmas period.

The Whites return to Championship action at Luton Town this afternoon following the final international break of the year which signals the start of a hectic schedule of fixtures in the Football League.

Bielsa’s outfit face a run of 10 games in six weeks with the festive period culminating on New Year’s Day at the Hawthorns against table-toppers West Bromwich Albion.

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The Argentine has a number of players sidelined with club captain Liam Cooper (hamstring) and Jamie Shackleton (quad) doubtful for the trip to face the Hatters.

Eddie Nketiah (lower abdomen) and Adam Forshaw (hip) remain out but Bielsa’s squad has been boosted by the potential inclusions of Stuart Dallas and Gjanni Alioski.

The 64-year-old, though, says he will focus on rest and recovery over the next set of matches, believing that prepping the whole of his squad is the way to go.

“The answer we create is try to have more than one player in every position,” said the Elland Road head coach.

“We must try to care about the fitness of the players and the rest of the players because this is what we can do. It is easy to take care of those two facts, but taking care of both things at the same time is very difficult.”

United sit third in the Championship ahead of this weekend’s action with the Whites unbeaten in their last four outings. Leeds travel to a Luton side who have struggled of late, picking up just one victory in six fixtures.

Bielsa, though, insists he is expecting another stern test from the side sat one spot above the drop zone: “I repeat the same because I think the same. The difference in the table is difficult to pose in the game, in the competition.”