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Analysis: These three Leeds players will be key for crucial Reading clash

COMMENT by Amir Mir

Leeds take on fellow promotion chasers Reading on Tuesday night at Elland Road in what will be a difficult Championship encounter.

Garry Monk’s side currently hold the final play-off spot in the league table, five points behind Jaap Stam’s side who sit in third place.

Here, Football Insider analyses the three Leeds players who will be crucial to picking up three points and closing the gap on their fellow promotion hopefuls.

Chris Wood

The Whites have had a tough run of fixtures in recent weeks, most notably against Newcastle and Brighton. On both occasions Monk’s side failed to find the back of the net, but they cannot afford to do that here.

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Striker Wood, who has scored ten goals in 20 league games, needs to use his strength and ability in the six yard box to increase his tally for this term.

If the New Zealand international can get that early goal, then it will instantly lift the whole team and Elland Road.

Pontus Jansson 

The Sweden international is a popular figure at the Yorkshire giants and they will require another inspiring performance from him against Reading.

Centre-back Jansson has the ability to be a calming influence at the back and dictate play which could be crucial against a tricky Jaap Stam side.

As proven against Aston Villa, keeping a clean sheet against a difficult opponent will eventually lead to the home side breaking the deadlock.

Charlie Taylor 

The 23-year-old left-back has been one of Monk’s most consistent players this term and they will need him to be on song once more against the Royals.

Taylor will most likely come up against in-form winger Garath McCleary, who has bagged seven goals and four assists this term. The battle between the duo could decide crucial moments within the game, but Taylor has the pace and ability to stop his opponents attacking threat.

Additionally, the club’s academy graduate will be equally crucial going forward and supplying the service to his teammate Chris Wood.

In other Leeds team news, former Whites player Noel Whelan has stated that the absence of this 26-year-old is worrying.