COMMENT by Tom Blackburn
Chris Wood should be axed from the Leeds team in favour of bringing Pablo Hernandez into a role behind Marcus Antonsson.
The Yorkshire giants return to their Championship campaign on Saturday when they host Nottingham Forest at Elland Road, following a 1-0 win over Luton in midweek.
Leeds showed their depth with the win over League Two minnows Luton Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday after making 11 changes to the team that beat Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
The reintroduction of Hernandez into the league team would allow a greater midfielder presence as the club bid to win their first league game at Elland Road this season.
Wood has been in mixed form for Leeds and, despite scoring three times in five games, he has come under heavy scrutiny from the Yorkshire faithful who are not convinced by his all-round contribution.
New signing and fellow striker Antonsson has been less prolific than Wood with just two goals in five games but his work rate and ability to score goals at crucial times gives him the edge.
Antonsson scored the opening goal as Leeds beat local rivals Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 last weekend, before Wood grabbed a second, and also scored a 93rd minute equaliser in the first round of the EFL Cup against Fleetwood.
Other than Hernandez in for Wood, Leeds should play the same side that overcame Wednesday.
Kyle Bartley and Liam Cooper are forming a solid partnership at the heart of defence and should be kept together despite the arrival of Sweden international Pontus Janssen.
Liam Bridcutt is one of the first names on the team sheet after his arrival prior to the Wednesday victory, and already looks like the missing link from those early games.
His midfield partner Ronaldo Vieira has impressed in the early weeks of the season and is preferred to the likes of Luke Murphy, Alex Mowatt and Matt Grimes.
Either side of Hernandez, Hadi Sacko and Stuart Dallas keep their spots despite pressure from £3million signing Kemar Roofe to return to the side.
Left back Charlie Taylor is comfortably Leeds beat left back despite a goal scoring debut from Tyler Denton in the week, and their fans will hope it isn’t his last game amid transfer speculation.
After a poor start to the season which saw them lose to QPR and Birmingham in the Championship and struggle past Fleetwood, Leeds are now bidding to win three games on the bounce.
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