Noel Whelan has claimed that Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen will have a major selection headache when his side face Burton on Boxing Day when Samuel Saiz is fit to return.

Saiz missed the 1-0 win against Hull at Elland Road on Saturday with a calf strain but the Spanish playmaker should be able to return to action at the Pirelli on Tuesday afternoon.

Whelan believes that Christiansen now has a tough decision to make over his attacking midfielders, who he believes to all be in good form.

Ezgjan Alioski has been a mainstay of the side this season and is perhaps most likely to keep his place, but Pablo Hernandez – who scored the winner against Hull – and Pawel Cibicki are two players who Whelan believes are doing well and Christiansen may find it tough to axe one of them in place of Saiz.

“Hernandez has done his part today. He played the No 10 role vacated by Saiz because of a calf injury,” said Whelan on Saturday, as shown on West Yorkshire Sport’s official Twitter account.

“He [Christiansen] had got a decision to make now. Where does he put Saiz? Cibicki’s doing very well, Alioski is doing ok on the left-hand side.

“These are decisions that I’m glad he’s got to make and not me.”

Saiz has been a key player for Leeds this season and was arguably Christiansen’s best signing in the summer when he arrived from Spanish second-tier side Huesca.

The playmaker has made 22 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring nine goals and supplying five assists.

He scored a hat-trick on his debut against Port Vale in the League Cup in August and has continued to impress the Elland Road faithful with his magical abilities on the ball.

In other Leeds United news, Andy Couzens has slammed this Whites player for his performance against Hull.

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