28-year-old axed in Monk 4-2-3-1: Leeds best possible XI to face Barnsley
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Leeds should make one change to the side that travels to Oakwell on Saturday evening to take on Barnsley.
Garry Monk’s men will be looking to continue their impressive run in the Championship as they now face the task of overcoming their Yorkshire rivals.
Left-back Tyler Denton should come into the team with 28-year-old Gaetano Berardi axed from the starting XI that beat Derby 1-0 last Friday.
The Whites will be looking to secure their third consecutive clean sheet in the Championship as they aim to close the six-point gap on the automatic places.
Without the absent and still suspended Pontus Jansson, Lewie Coyle should partner the experienced Kyle Bartley at the heart of the club’s defence.
The duo should be protected by Liam Briductt and the energetic and forward thinking Ronaldo Vieira in midfield.
Furthermore, Monk should deploy the hard working Luke Ayling as his right-back with the athletic and attacking Denton on the left-hand side of the defence.
Winger Pablo Hernadez must start as his ability on the ball can open up the game for Monk’s side and create that match winning opportunity.
The Spaniard should be helped by Souleymane Doukara and Kemar Roofe who will be looking to use their pace and trickery to get past the home side’s defence.
Furthermore, striker Chris Wood should continue in attack as the New Zealand international, who has scored 14 league goals, is continually providing the goal scoring threat for his side.
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