26-year-old axed in Heckingbottom 4-5-1: Leeds best possible XI v Fulham
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom must make one change to his team if he wants to field his best possible line-up against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night.
Although it would make sense to not change a winning formula after seeing off Bolton on Good Friday, the in-form Cottagers are a completely different type of beast at the moment and Heckingbottom must change formation to a 4-5-1 to ensure his side are not over-run in midfield.
That means Pierre-Michel Lasogga must be axed and replaced by Samuel Saiz, who can sit in a deeper role to help support the midfield in trying to break out of their own half.
Fulham’s in-form players will ensure that the Whites will be camped in their own half for most of the game, so having players who can move the ball up the pitch as quick as possible to counter the home side is the best way to earn a result.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell should keep his spot in goals behind a back four of Gaetano Berardi, Pontus Jansson, Matthew Pennington and Stuart Dallas.
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Although Heckingbottom got a win in a game with Dallas at right-back and Berardi at left-back, he really must switch them over to their more comfortable sides of the pitch to defend against Fulham’s dangerous wide-men.
Eunan O’Kane and Ronaldo Vieira should start in the centre of midfield with Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski on the wings.
Saiz must come in to play behind Caleb Ekuban, who should start up front on his own after scoring against Bolton while 26-year-old team-mate Lasogga did not have the best of games.
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