Attacker dropped in four Monk changes: Best possible Leeds XI to face Brentford
By Will Butcher
Garry Monk must be ready to wield the axe on his Leeds side in order to claim all three points against Brentford on Tuesday night.
The Yorkshire giants suffered a 1-0 loss to play-off rivals Reading at the Madjeski Stadium on Saturday evening, and Monk must be prepared to make changes as Leeds travel to Griffin Park.
Pablo Hernandez has struggled to find his best form in recent matches in between the midfield and attack, and Monk should axe the 31-year-old for £3million summer signing Kemar Roofe.
As well as Roofe, Luke Ayling must return after a two-match suspension alongside Pontus Jansson who should risk a hamstring problem, while Souleymane Doukara should also come in.
Making way for those four incoming stars are Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi, Hadi Sacko, and Pablo Hernandez.
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Chris Wood was given little to chew on during Saturday’s loss in Berkshire, but he will be relied upon to provide Leeds’ goalscoring touch once again at Griffin Park.
He will be supplied by Roofe who replaces Hernandez in the number 10 role, as he looks to prove himself in his preferred position rather than playing out wide.
On the right, Sacko was ineffectual against Jaap Stam’s side and should be dropped for Doukara, who provides more of a goal threat as Leeds’ second highest goalscorer this season.
Spanish loanee Alfonso Pedraza continues to impress on the left flank, while the combination of raw talent and experience combines once again in the middle of the park in Ronaldo Vieira and Liam Bridcutt.
Ayling replaces Switzerland international Berardi at right-back, while Jansson will look to put his injury woes aside to earn a 17th clean sheet of the season.
Charlie Taylor continues on the left side of defence with his future still in doubt, while Rob Green’s fine form sees him remain between the sticks.
A win could see Leeds go back into fourth, replacing Reading, if the Royals lose to Blackburn at home on Tuesday night.
In other Leeds news, Neil Redfearn has had this to say about his old side’s promotion chances.