COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Garry Monk should axe Souleymane Doukara from his side to face Preston at Deepdale on Boxing Day.
The 25-year-old attacker can play on the left, or upfront, but he contributes very little technical ability and is picked for work rate alone.
With both top scorer Chris Wood and natural wide man Stuart Dallas available to Monk, he must remove the Frenchman from his team.
Preston are no fools in their 11th placed position and energy isn’t going to beat them, but ability will.
Therefore, the former Swansea boss should put Wood in for Doukara with Liam Bridcutt also coming into the side’s midfield for Kalvin Phillips in Monk’s only changes.
Robert Green should keep his place in between the sticks and many will be hoping for him to draw on past experience to help with promotion in the second half of the campaign.
Ahead of him must see settled back four Luke Ayling, Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Charlie Taylor.
The latter left the field injured in the most recent clash against Brentford, but Monk revealed on Friday that he is fit enough to play a part in the game, which should see him retain his place in the line-up.
The defence will be protected by defensive midfield pairing Bridcutt and Ronaldo Vieira.
The young prospect has become an ever-present in the starting 11 this campaign and Monk will be hoping he progresses into a future Premier League star.
They will allow more freedom to attacking trio Kemar Roofe, Hadi Sacko and Dallas, who will all be looking to supply Wood with some good opportunities.
The Preston defence has not kept a clean sheet in any of their last five matches and the 14 goal scorer will surely fancy his chances.
In other Leeds team news, Monk has given a fitness update on this currently injured midfielder.