25-year-old is out of form: Three players Leeds must exploit against Newcastle
By Will Butcher
Leeds go up against second placed Newcastle away from home at St. James’ Park on Friday night in a match that could prove pivotal at the top of the Championship.
Here, Football Insider analyses three Toon players that Garry Monk’s side can exploit to secure an unlikely three points on Tyneside.
The 25-year-old has struggled all season on the left side of Newcastle’s defence, with fans becoming increasingly worried with the form of the Wales international. A noticeable lack of pace has seen Dummett become stranded on occasion, and the likes of Hadi Sacko, Modou Barrow or Kemar Roofe could exploit that with all three in with a chance of starting on the right flank against Dummett. The trio all possess an abundance of pace and Monk must instruct his chosen right winger to take on Dummett in order to get to the byline and cross to top scorer Chris Wood.
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The defender’s sublime start to the season with the captain’s armband is distant memory. A number of shaky performances at the back that has seen the Toon keep just three clean sheets in their last nine games; far from promotion form. Coming up against the division’s top scorer in Wood who has found the back of the net 24 times in the league, Lascelles must be put under pressure both on the floor and in the air by the New Zealand international if Leeds are to have any chance of securing three points.
Since his move from Hull in the summer, the Senegal international has failed to live up to the hype under Benitez. With his preference to join the attack, the former Wigan star could leave a gap in the middle of the park and the likes of Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips must look to exploit the space to feed Leeds’ attackers if Monk’s side are to avoid a repeat of the reverse fixture that saw the Yorkshire giants lose 2-0 back in November.
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