By Alex Stevens

Noel Whelan has claimed that Leeds’ best possible starting XI would be made of ten of the starters who beat Cardiff plus skipper Liam Bridcutt.

The Yorkshire giants secured their second win of the week on Saturday when they won 2-0 at Cardiff to follow their 2-1 midweek victory over Blackburn.

Leeds increased their Championship points haul to 10 after eight matches and climbed to 15th in the league table.

Ex-Elland Road striker Whelan was impressed with the composition of the side that started at the Cardiff City Stadium and said it was what he would consider a full-strength team bar the injured skipper.

“For me, apart from Liam Bridcutt missing, I think that’s our best XI that we used on Saturday,” Whelan said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I think you have got a nice balance across the midfield and you have got a nice balance on the wings.

“You have got players there that excite me in Stuart Dallas and Hadi Sacko and both can get down the line. Both can bring quality and both can put crosses in.

“But the important thing for me is that they both bring a work rate when they are out of possession. They are tracking back and defending and doing a job for the team.

“We have got an abundance of central midfield players and then we have got [Pablo] Hernandez and if we are playing one up front then we do have the options of strikers on the bench there.”

Chris Wood led the line against Cardiff, supported by attacking midfield trio Dallas, Sacko and Hernandez.

Eunan O’Kane was partnered by rookie Ronaldo Vieira in central midfield, with Rob Green in goal and a back four of Charlie Taylor, Luke Ayling and centre-back pairing Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson.

Monk has stated he will pick his strongest possible team when Leeds take on Blackburn in the EFL Cup third-round clash on Tuesday night.

The Leeds manager claimed will be looking to field a strong line-up when they welcome Blackburn to Elland Road for the second time in a week.

“I will pick a team that can win the game,” Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot quoted Monk as saying Sobot reported on his personal Twitter account. “I will pick the strongest team possible for who will be ready.”

Monk’s side narrowly avoided embarrassment when they beat Fleetwood Town in the first-round of the competition, before beating fourth-tier side Luton 1-0 in the previous round.

In other Leeds team news, the club’s first team player has returned to training.