PREVIEW by Will Butcher
Leeds manager Garry Monk is likely to rotate his squad ahead of Saturday’s friendly against Shamrock Rovers, with Rob Green likely to make his first Leeds appearance.
The former Swansea manager fielded two sides when Leeds played against Shelbourne on Wednesday. The starting 11 played for an hour, while another 11 substitutes donned the white jersey for the remaining 30 minutes.
Monk’s plan is to give those 11 substitutes, such as Charlie Taylor and Sol Bamba, a whole hour as he looks to give everyone game time.
New signing Green is likely to make his first start according to Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay, while youngsters Alex Purver, Paul McKay and Ronaldo Vieira could line-up from the off.
First-team defenders Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper didn’t feature on Wednesday as Leeds ran out 2-1 winners at Tolka Park. The duo, who amassed an impressive 70 appearances last term between them, are carrying injuries and are unexpected to feature against Shamrock.
Monk varied between a 4-3-3 system and a direct 4-4-2 last time out, but with only two recognised wingers currently training in Jordan Botaka and Hadi Sacko, it’s interesting to see what formation he will use at Tallaght Stadium. Stuart Dallas has been given an extended break after his Euro 2016 exploits.
Swansea loanee Matt Grimes is in-line for a start after appearing for 30 minutes, as well as Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson who partnered last season’s top scorer Chris Wood for the last 30 minutes on Wednesday.
Leeds (possible): Green; Purver, McKay, Bamba, Taylor; Vieira, Grimes, Mowatt; Botaka, Wood, Antonsson.
In other Leeds news, this 22-year-old will be playing at Elland Road come the end of the season.