25-year-old should be axed: Three things learned about Leeds in defeat to Barnsley
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Leeds’ 3-2 defeat against Barnsley in the Championship on Saturday.
Doukara should be axed
Leeds attacker Souleymane Doukara should be dropped to the bench after another poor performance against Barnsley. The 25-year-old has had too many games this season where he has gone missing and manager Garry Monk should sent out a strong message by axing him. The Whites are competing for promotion this campaign and can’t afford to carry passengers in their starting XI. Doukara does have good pace and strength that he brings to the side, but has not been consistent enough. He was extremely wasteful in possession against Barnsley and offered very little support for striker Chris Wood. Stuart Dallas has waited patiently in the bench and should get the nod over Doukara in the next match, which is at home to Nottingham Forest.
Automatic promotion isn’t possible
Leeds’ defeat to Barnsley surely ended their slim hopes of finishing inside the automatic positions this season. The Whites have been in great form recently and it has been mentioned that they could reach the top two of Newcastle and Brighton, but the gap is now too far to bridge. They are nine poitns adrift of second-placed Brighton, who also have a spare game in hand. Championship leaders Newcastle also have too much strength in their squad and are huge favourites to finish in the automatic spots. Leeds need to ensure they maintain their play-off position and keep up their good form, despite the setback to Barnsely.
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Coyle is out of his depth
Leeds youngster Lewie Coyle proved that he is out of his depth against Barnsley and not a good solution in the first-team. The inexperienced 21-year-old has shown his potential this season, but is not ready to rival Luke Ayling for a starting position. He endured a shocking performance against Barnsley and struggled to match the intensity of the opposition. Coyle was beaten too easily for one of Barnsley’s goals as he was rolled by the attacker on the edge of the box. He needs to continue developing his game and will still get opportunities under Monk, but he is not currently ready to help the promotion push.
In other Leeds news, they are set to complete a midfielder transfer on Monday.