Early Leeds team news: Senior duo axed from squad for clash against Preston due to tactical reasons
By Harry Sykes
Mateusz Klich and Liam Bridcutt have been axed from the Leeds United squad for Saturday’s league clash against Preston.
Manager Thomas Christiansen revealed at his pre-match media conference on Friday afternoon that the central midfield pair will play no part against the Lancashire club for the Championship fixture at Elland Road.
Chrisitansen explained that summer signing Klich and club captain Bridcutt have not made the matchday 18 for tactical reasons, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay.
TC revealed that Bridcutt/Klich haven’t made the 18 for Preston game. Tactical decision in both cases. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 11, 2017
Klich, who joined from FC Twente for a fee of around £1.5million, was an unused substitute for Leeds’ opening-day league win against Bolton Wanderers before starting the midweek League Cup triumph against Port Vale.
Bridcutt did not make the squad for the Bolton match and was then a second-half substitute as Christiansen played a weakened side against Port Vale.
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The manager’s decision to axe Bridcutt is a particular surprise, as he is the club captain and was a regular starter under former boss Garry Monk last season.
However, some supporters were critical of his performances in the midfield anchorman role.
Christiansen opted to play Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips in central midfield against Bolton, and the duo are likely to get the nod to start against Preston.