27-year-old must be dropped: Three things we learned from Leeds defeat v Wolves
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Leeds suffered a 1-0 defeat against Wolves on Monday in the Championship.
The Whites slipped down to seventh in the Championship and now have just three games to break back into the play-offs.
Nouha Dicko scored the only goal of the game in the first-half after the hosts’ defence was exposed.
Here, Football Insider looks at three talking points from the Leeds defeat against Wolves.
Bridcutt should be dropped
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Liam Bridcutt may be the Leeds captain this season, but he should be axed from the starting line-up in the remaining three league games. The Whites will be aiming to win all of their remaining fixtures to finish in the play-offs and Garry Monk needs to field his best XI. Bridcutt is a steady option in the side, but gives Leeds very little going forward. The midfield combination of Vieira/Phillips is a much more balanced one and Bridcutt always appears to sit too deep. It is okay have a defensive midfielder in the team, but they need to be able to move forward when in possession. The Yorkshire giants need to be positive and go for maximum points in their remaining games, meaning Bridcutt should be on the bench.
Vieira was a huge miss
Leeds’ first-half performance against Wolves demonstrated how important youngster Ronaldo Vieira has become. The 18-year-old missed the game through illness and it was remarkable what a difference his absence made. The combative midfielder has been a rock in the centre this season and his all round play makes him a great asset for Monk. Leeds managed to grow into the game in the second-half and pushed for an equaliser, but the game was lost in the opening 45 minutes. Monk will be desperate for Vieira to recover from illness in time for the next game as his energy will be vital in the run-in.
Not all doom and gloom
Leeds fans were distraught after the Wolves defeat saw them slip out of the play-off places. They now are out of the top six on goal difference and their promotion chances are no longer in their own hands. Monk’s side have looked certain for the play-offs for the majority of their season, but now are the outside bet. However, it is not all doom and gloom for supporters and maximum points in their remaining games should be enough to be involved in the end of season play-offs. They face winnable games against Burton, Norwich and Wigan ahead of them in the closing weeks. Meanwhile, Fulham are the team they can catch as they are only above them on goal difference. The Cottagers have a much harder run-in ahead of them and face Huddersfield, Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday.
In other Leeds team news, Green has revealed he is not afraid to have a go at his younger teammates.