By Amir Mir

BBC pundit Robbie Savage has stated that Garry Monk would be “very harsh” to change his current Leeds team despite the return of Liam Bridcutt.

Former Premier League midfielder Savage believes Monk should stick with his starting XI, considering the good run of form they are now on.

That would mean a place on the bench for captain Bridcutt, who returned from a three month injury during the midweek win over Reading.

The 27-year-old midfielder also appeared as a substitute during Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Brentford at Elland Road.

Former Leicester City player Savage explained what decision he would make in regards to picking Bridcutt for the starting XI.

“With the run of form Leeds are in, I think to change the side would be very harsh on the players who are in this team,” Savage told 606 on BBC Radio 5 live. “If Bridcutt had missed just one game and they have a good result, I’d put him back in. But, I’ll stick with the team at the minute because Bridcutt has been out for a while.”

Bridcutt has made six Championship appearances for Monk’s side this season, picking up two yellow cards during those games.

Prior to returning from injury, he last appeared for his side during the 2-1 win over Blackburn in September.

Since then youngsters such as Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira have established themselves as first-team regulars.

The Yorkshire club are aiming for promotion this season, as they have won four out of their last five league games.

As a result they sit in a play-off spot in the league table on 38 points from 22 games with the busy festive period coming up.

Monk’s side travel to Deepdale to take on Simon Grayson’s Preston North End on Boxing Day, before travelling to the Midlands three days later to take on Aston Villa.

In other Leeds news, assistant manager Pep Clotet hails the players on Twitter after their win over Brentford.