The team selection in a graphic predicting what Leeds United’s starting XI could look like if Qatari Sports Investment (QSI) complete a takeover of the club has left many Whites fans shocked.
It was reported by ESPN earlier this week that talks had been ongoing between QSI, the Qatari investment company that owns French club PSG, and Leeds for a while over a possible takeover.
The report claimed that nothing has yet been finalised but the two parties have had positive discussions recently and further talks are planned in the days to come.
Can you name the Leeds XI that famously beat Deportivo? Test yourself with our quiz.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani revealed in an interview in October that there were a number of parties interested in investing in the club.
However, it is understood that QSI are leading the way due to the close relationship between their chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi and Radrizzani.
Yesterday, The Sun published a graphic showing how the Whites might line-up should QSI takeover.
Can't stop thinking about this and chuckling pic.twitter.com/AaoBDEnkOQ
— All Stats Aren't We (@AllStatsArentWe) November 19, 2019
The XI includes current players Kiko Casilla, Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Ben White, Stuart Dallas, Kalvin Phillips, and Eddie Nketiah, as well as a few notable additions.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and PSG’s Jese Rodriguez are on either flank, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil partners Phillips in central midfield, while World Cup-winning PSG forward Kevin Mbappe joins Nketiah upfront.
The graphic appears to have shocked many Whites supporters, who took to Twitter to express their thoughts.
Read the reaction of Leeds fans here:
Where did you find that!!!
— London.Leeds (@london_leeds) November 19, 2019
So many questions, it’s too funny 😂
— 𝗝𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗲 (@JamWhipp) November 19, 2019
This is so far fetched. As if Bamford would be dropped for Mbappe.
— Matt Moreland (@Yorkshirest) November 19, 2019
Mental. CBs wrong way round.
— Alister Robson (@alisterrobson) November 19, 2019
so much to unpack.
2. a whole new attack but same defence?
3. jese? he’s genuinely worse than pablo
4. cooper and white swapped over
— Nick Elliott (@NickElliott91) November 19, 2019
— 💙💛 (@Joe_Bedford_) November 19, 2019
— Lewis Roberts (@LewisMonRoberts) November 19, 2019
And Messi on the bench only 😉
— LUFC_Christian (@LUFC_Christian) November 19, 2019