Leeds predicted lineup vs Salford: Nketiah and Meslier start

Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal before the pre-season friendly match between Angers and Arsenal at Stade Raymond Kopa on July 31, 2019 in Angers, France.

Leeds United face Salford City in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal before the pre-season friendly match between Angers and Arsenal at Stade Raymond Kopa on July 31, 2019 in Angers, France.

Leeds fans will be hoping to get their first glimpse of Eddie Nketiah when they travel to face League Two newbies in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Nketiah joined the Whites on loan from Arsenal on transfer deadline day, but missed the weekend's draw with Nottingham Forest. It remains to be seen if Marcelo Bielsa deems the striker to be ready for the next game, but there is no question that it could be the perfect opportunity for the youngster to make his bow for United.

 

Bielsa made a number of changes for the cup competitions last year, so there is every chance that the Leeds lineup will look dramatically different to the team that faced Forest at Elland Road. In fact, Kalvin Phillips is the only player to keep his place in this predicted lineup.

Unsurprisingly therefore, Nketiah is not the only player to make his debut for the club. Fellow deadline day signing Illan Meslier may well replace Kiko Casilla in goal having been at the bench against Sabri Lamouchi's men.

Illan Meslier of France during the friendly match between Argentina and France U20 at Pinatar Arena in Murcia, Spain on March 20 2019.

Gaetano Berardi and Gjanni Alioski may be joined by Pascal Struijk and Robbie Gotts in the back four, with Gotts coming in for Stuart Dallas at right-back.

Jamie Shackleton looked set to come on just before Forest equalised, so he may get the chance to start in Adam Forshaw's role in the middle of the park, with Mateusz Bogusz playing at number 10 behind Nketiah.

Helder Costa of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on August 10, 2019 in Leeds, England.

And there could be a first start for Helder Costa, with Jack Clarke on the other flank to make his first appearance for the Whites since completing his permanent move to Tottenham and loan return to Leeds this summer.

With that in mind, here is the team in full...

Leeds predicted lineup vs Salford

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