COMMENT By Will Butcher
A 4-2-3-1 formation will give Garry Monk his first three points as Leeds manager, as pressure already begins to mount on his Elland Road future.
The Whites face Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship’s early kick-off on Saturday, as Monk looks to generate some momentum following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Fulham.
Former Swansea manager Monk fielded a very attacking line-up against the Cottagers, and they secured a point when Chris Wood equalised with a dramatic 93rd-minute overhead kick. An away trip to cash-rich high-flyers Sheffield Wednesday, however, is expected to elicit a more cautious approach.
Monk could opt for an extra midfielder, after using a 4-4-2 system against Fulham, as new signing Liam Bridcutt makes his return to the Leeds side.
The Chelsea academy graduate finally ended a summer-long transfer saga, by signing on the dotted line that will keep him in Yorkshire until 2018 following last season’s loan spell.
His defensive stability will give the Whites presence in Monk’s midfield, as Leeds look to stem the flow of goals which has seen them concede eight times in four league and cup encounters.
The former Sunderland midfield marshal is expected to replace striker Marcus Antonsson, which will see Bridcutt partner youngster Kalvin Phillips.
The youngster shone during Leeds’ EFL Cup tie against Fleetwood, and followed that by producing a calm and assured performance during Tuesday night’s draw.
The back four remains the same after Liam Cooper’s return from injury provoked a solid display. Spanish international Pablo Hernandez will push on into the number 10 role, while Sporting Lisbon loanee Hadi Sacko will remain on the bench despite his good form.
In other Leeds team news, Massimo Cellino is expected to welcome another new signing at Elland Road this summer.