PREVIEW By Will Butcher
Manager Garry Monk is set to start Spanish international Pablo Hernandez in Leeds’ EFL Cup match against Fleetwood on Wednesday as he looks to rotate his squad.
The former Swansea star, who has rejoined his old boss Monk at Leeds, was expected to feature at the weekend but wasn’t given international clearance in time.
His availability will add some creativity to a impotent Leeds side that was devoid of any kind of attacking flair during Sunday’s 3-0 loss to QPR.
Monk could play five new summer signings against League One outfit Fleetwood, as he looks to give his fringe players a chance to shine.
Liam Cooper could be set to captain the side as he returns from injury, while contract rebel Charlie Taylor looks likely to face his former team as the Whites are lacking in depth at left-back. Youngster Tyler Denton isn’t yet considered ready to progress to the first-team.
Exciting new duo Hadi Sacko and Marcus Antonsson could be given the chance to demonstrate their attacking prowess, after making substitute appearances during Sunday’s dismal 3-0 defeat to Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s side.
Lewie Coyle comes in at right-back after replacing Gaetano Berardi just 22 minutes into Sunday’s match, while Luke Murphy and Alex Mowatt are expected to feature after being ousted by 18-year-old Ronaldo Vieira on Sunday.
Congolese international Jordan Botaka is looking for a fresh start under Monk after a disappointing campaign last season, and the former Swansea boss will look to the pacy winger to give his side some attacking flair.
Back-up keeper Marco Silvestri has a knee problem, while Sol Bamba’s defensive inconsistencies could lead to Monk testing a Bartley and Cooper partnership ahead of Saturday’s home match against Birmingham.
In other Leeds team news, Kyle Bartley summed up Leeds performance on Sunday with these four words.