Attacking duo omitted in Monk 4-2-3-1: Leeds best possible XI to face Newcastle
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Leeds should name an unchanged starting line-up for their upcoming match against Newcastle on Friday.
The Whites travel to Newcastle for an important Championship clash and Monk should keep the same team that cruised to a 3-0 win over Preston in their last game.
That means attacking duo Souleymane Doukara and Stuart Dallas should both remain on the bench, despite featuring as second-half substitutes against Preston.
Doukara managed to make a strong impact and get his name on the scoresheet, but Monk should favour the same starting XI.
They have a five-point cushion to protect over chasers Fulham as they look to secure a play-off spot and will be expecting a very difficult test against automatic promotion chasers Newcastle.
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Leeds should stick with the tried and tested defence, meaning veteran goalkeeper Rob Green continues between the sticks.
Gaetano Berardi and Luke Ayling should continue in the full-back positions, meaning that the talented Charlie Taylor is left on the bench.
Monk would surely love to fit all three players in his side, but needs to go with the in-form pair that have been solid all season.
Meanwhile, Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley should continue their formidable partnership at centre-back.
Liam Bridcutt could return to the squad from injury against Newcastle, but Monk should stick with the youthful energetic pair of Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira.
They were outstanding in the last game and will need huge levels of discipline if they are to cope against Newcastle.
Kemar Roofe should retain his place in the side after a great performance against Preston, while Alfonso Pedraza and Pablo Hernandez should fill the attacking positions.
The two wide areas could be key if they are to take anything away from St James’ Park and they will need to supply good service for 27-goal striker Chris Wood.
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