COMMENT by Will Butcher
Leeds must axe Stuart Dallas and Kalvin Phillips and look to terrorise on the counter-attack if they are to secure a fifth consecutive win against Bristol City on Tuesday night
Lee Johnson’s side are renowned for their ability to retain possession, with ball players Marlon Pack, Lee Tomlin and Bobby Reid all being incorporated to keep the ball against the opposition.
So, if Leeds are to continue their surge up the Championship table at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night, manager Garry Monk must look to include as much pace as possible and that could mean a start for Kemar Roofe.
The £3million summer signing has failed to impress the Elland Road faithful this summer, with the burden of the hefty price tag appearing to weigh down the League Two Player of the Year.
However, he impressed during last Tuesday’s EFL Cup third round triumph over Blackburn by setting up the winner to secure a fourth round tie against Norwich.
His pace could be used by Monk instead of Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas, who is known more for his crossing ability.
Elsewhere, club captain Liam Bridcutt is expected to recover from a foot injury and replace youngster Kalvin Phillips in front of the back four. His presence will give Leeds a defensive assurance as they look to hold out in-form Tammy Abraham and co.
The likes of Marcus Antonsson, Alex Mowatt and Liam Cooper must continue to wait for their chance.
In other Leeds team news, this loanee could sign for Leeds permanently sooner than expected.