27-year-old should be dropped: Three things we learned in Leeds 3-2 win v Bolton
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Thomas Christiansen will have plenty of things to discuss with his coaching staff after watching his Leeds side beat Bolton 3-2 at the Macron Stadium.
Here, Football Insider analyses three talking points from Leeds following the victory on Sunday afternoon which Christiansen must consider ahead of Wednesday night’s clash against Port Vale.
Sign a new centre-back
With Matthew Pennington now likely to be injured after hobbling off the field of play, Leeds have just one first-team centre-back available to them ahead of Wednesday’s League Cup clash against third-tier outfit Port Vale. The Whites are without Sweden international Pontus Jansson, who is sidelined through suspension and that leaves just Liam Cooper available. That should convince Christiansen to go out into the market and sign a new centre-back before the Whites welcome Vale to Elland Road.
No future for Bridcutt?
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The former Sunderland and Brighton midfielder wore the captain’s armband last season for Leeds but now has just 12 months remaining on his contract. With a month left in the transfer window, Bridcutt was left out of the 18-man squad that travelled to Lancashire to face Bolton on Sunday afternoon. It seems Eunan O’Kane, Kalvin Phillips, Ronaldo Vieira, Mateusz Klich and Vurnon Anita are ahead of him in the pecking order. Selling him now, rather than risk losing him on a free next summer is likely to suit all parties.
Wiedwald should be dropped
Goalkeeper Wiedwald, 27, was caught underneath the flight of the ball for Bolton’s first goal, which saw Gary Madine head home from a corner. He was almost caught off his line with a volley, while seeming frightened to come and claim corners or crosses. With Rob Green waiting in the wings, the veteran should be given a chance against Port Vale and Christiansen must consider who would be the better option ahead of Leeds’ next Championship outing against Preston on Saturday.
In other Leeds news, this striker can solve Christiansen’s reported search for back-up to Wood.