PREVIEW By Will Butcher
Leeds manager Garry Monk could make a bold move by dropping star striker Chris Wood for Tuesday’s Championship encounter against Fulham.
The New Zealand captain has struggled as Leeds’ attacking spearhead, while Monk’s side have failed to pick up a single point from their two opening Championship encounters.
Wood has come under heavy criticism in the last week after Leeds opened their Championship campaign with defeats against QPR and Birmingham. The 24-year-old even retweeted a fan’s post that compared him to Leeds great Mark Viduka.
The former Leicester target man could be replaced as the point of the attack by summer signing Marcus Antonsson, who partnered the former Leicester man during Saturday’s loss to Birmingham.
This would open the door for Monk to field both wide men Hadi Sacko and Kemar Roofe, who was on the bench at the weekend.
Youngster Ronaldo Vieira is also set to retain his place, despite showing a degree of inexperience during the Whites’ fixtures so far.
Midfielders Toumani Diagouraga and Luke Murphy are likely to be overlooked again, while the signing of Sunderland’s Liam Bridcutt is unlikely to be announced early enough for the 27-year-old to take part.
Captain Sol Bamba has also faced criticism following multiple instances of questioning defending. Fit-again Liam Cooper could come in to replace the Ivory Coast international.
Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 star Stuart Dallas is set to miss out again, as goalscorer Hadi Sacko looks set to retain his starting spot after scoring against Birmingham.
Internationals Rob Green and Pablo Hernandez look set to retain their starting spot, while new signings Luke Ayling and Kemar Roofe are expected to cover the right flank.
The Whites could be in for a stern test against the Cottagers, who have opened their domestic campaign with two wins against Newcastle and Preston.
In other Leeds team news, Monk has been dealt a huge blow as this senior man has been ruled out for 4-6 weeks.