Kevin Phillips has identified Lee Tomlin and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing as the two players Leeds United need to watch out for this afternoon.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted it will be a “big test” for Marcelo Bielsa’s side on their first game back in three months.
A victory for Leeds would see them return to the top of the Championship after West Brom shared a goalless draw with Birmingham City yesterday.
Phillips believes Bielsa would have liked a fixture at Elland Road against lesser opposition upon the restart.
“It will not be an easy game,” he told Football Insider.
“Neil Harris has them well drilled down there.
“Tomlin and Mendez-Laing are very good players. Mendez-Laing is very direct, powerful. Lee Tomlin drifts in and out of games. He is very creative. When he is on the ball he is always a danger.
“It will be a tough game for Leeds and ideally he would have liked a game at home against a team in and around the bottom.
“When you get to this stage of the season when there is so much on the line, every game is difficult. Big test for Leeds.
“If they were not to get a result and go back top of the league, psychologically it can affect you a little bit. It will be a really fascinating game.”
Pablo Hernandez has been ruled out for the midday kickoff along with Jean-Kevin Augustin who is still troubled by a hamstring issue.
A win would take Leeds 10 points clear of third-placed Fulham.
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