By Russell Edge

15th Dec, 2017 | 6:59pm

Fans' favourite must return in 4-2-3-1: This Leeds XI would destroy Norwich

COMMENT

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen need not worry about chopping and changing his starting XI ahead of their clash with Norwich City on Saturday.

After their truly abysmal run of form, which saw them slip from automatic promotion hopefuls to play off outsiders, he had every right to be worried about his team selection, knowing that every game he lost would push him closer to the tipping point.

He appears to have steadied the ship at Elland Road in recent weeks and in doing so got a much clearer picture as to who he can trust to carry out their duties in the starting line up.

The Whites have won three out of their last five games, drawing one and losing the other, with the manager keeping faith with the majority of his side, changes only coming when enforced.

As such, he needs to stick to his guns and should resist the temptation of making unnecessary changes when Norwich visit on Saturday, with just Pablo Hernandez coming in for the injured Caleb Ekuban.

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Christiansen confirmed that the Spanish forward, a fans’ favourite at Elland Road, is ready to return from his injury layoff, while the Ghanaian striker is still awaiting to find out what forced him out of the 3-1 win over QPR last weekend.

At the back, the only weak link against Rangers was goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald, as his error allowed the home side to score at Loftus Road, but he is still the best choice at the manager’s disposal.

Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips commanded the midfield last week and deserve the chance to continue their partnership, while Samu Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski should be joined by Hernandez in supporting Kemar Roofe, a hat trick hero last time out, in attack.

With the Whites’ rebuilt confidence coupled with their undoubted talent across the pitch, Christiansen’s men could well destroy a struggling Norwich side on Saturday, if he makes the right decisions.

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