Bartley and Sacko omitted: Best combined Leeds and Brighton XI
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Leeds are set to face Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Friday evening in a match which sees fourth take on second, but who makes their best combined XI?
Experienced goalkeeper Rob Green would miss the team for David Stockdale, who also boasts some Premier League experience across his career.
He has seemingly found his home at Brighton, keeping 11 clean sheets from 18 Championship matches this season, while Green has been questionable at times between the sticks.
However, Leeds do boast a strong defence themselves and three of the four defenders will be made up of defenders from the Yorkshire giants.
Kyle Bartley is the only casualty from the team’s back four with Lewis Dunk making the XI ahead of him.
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The 25-year-old is one of the best defenders in the second tier and the Seagulls put a £10million price tag on him in the summer to ward off interest in their key man.
Leeds have also seen another notable player miss out in the midfield with winger Hadi Sacko.
The seaside club boast Anthony Knockaert on the right side, who on his day is as good as any wide player in the Championship.
With both sides containing a lot of talent, here is our best combined XI:
Luke Ayling, Pontus Jansson and Charlie Taylor make up the defence alongside Dunk.
Both Jansson and Taylor are arguably good enough to play in the Premier League, while Ayling has been one of the unsung stars of the Yorkshire giants’ team this campaign and has not put a foot wrong.
Dale Stephens, Eunan O’Kane and Stuart Dallas will join Knockaert in the midfield, which boast plenty of technical ability.
Stephens fell out with Brighton chiefs in the summer after the club blocked his move to the Premier League, while he has since been linked with a move to Scottish giants Celtic.
Meanwhile, O’Kane has slotted calmly into the Leeds midfield since joining from Bournemouth in the summer, adding a further touch of class in the midfield, while Dallas can cause plenty of problems to a defence when on song.
The forward line of Chris Wood and Glenn Murray would be up there with some of the best Championship partnerships historically.
The duo already have 24 goals between them in all competitions this season and are major reasons for why their respective clubs are flying high in the Championship.
Altogether Leeds contribute six players to the XI to Brighton’s five and the match is expected to be a fiercely contested match on Friday evening.
In other Leeds news, this player has proved to be Leeds’ best summer signing, and it isn’t Jansson.