By Danny Wright

6th Mar, 2018 | 4:00pm

Five players axed, no Wiedwald in 4-2-3-1: Leeds best possible XI v Wolves


Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom must make wholesale changes to his side to face Wolves at Elland Road on Wednesday night in the aftermath of the humiliation suffered at Middlesbrough last week.

Heckingbottom must axe five players who underperformed in that game if he wants to field his best possible team, including goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald after yet another calamitous display at the Riverside on Friday.

Vurnon Anita, Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O’Kane and Stuart Dallas should also be axed by Heckingbottom as Leeds have better options to utilise in a 4-2-3-1 formation against the Championship leaders.

Andy Longergan is not fit to play so academy product Bailey Peacock-Farrell must start between the sticks despite his limited experience.

Wiedwald has absolutely zero confidence and that is having a severe impact on the defenders in front of him so he must be dropped, regardless of Peacock-Farrell’s inexperience.

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Gaetano Berardi, Liam Cooper, Pontus Jansson and Laurens De Bock should line up in the back four.

Adam Forshaw and Ronaldo Vieira must be recalled to play in the deeper-lying midfield positions as a result of Phillips and O’Kane being axed.

Samuel Saiz should keep his place in the No 10 role while Pablo Hernandez should return from his injury to play on the wing with Ezgjan Alioski taking up the place on the opposite flank.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga is the only viable option to play up front so he must start in the striker position on his own.

Leeds are currently 12th in the Championship and can move up to 10th place with a win against Wolves, who are without a win in their last three outings.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men still hold a six point lead at the top of the table and look as though they will secure promotion to the Premier League.

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