By Danny Wright

29th Mar, 2018 | 4:00pm

Heck favourite axed and rarely-seen player unleashed: Leeds best possible XI v Bolton


Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom must make three changes to his starting line-up if he wants to field his best possible team against Bolton at Elland Road on Friday.

Heckingbottom must unleash the rarely-seen Jay-Roy Grot up front after he scored against Sheffield Wednesday before the international break while Ronaldo Vieira and Samuel Saiz should also come into the starting 11.

Stuart Dallas, Caleb Ekuban and Heckingbottom favourite O’Kane must all be axed due to their poor form.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell should keep his spot in goals for the rest of the season with the senior duo of Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan proving no better than the inexperienced shot-stopped.

The defence must remain unchanged with Gaetano Berardi, Pontus Jansson, Matthew Pennington and Tom Pearce retaining their places.

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Adam Forshaw should partner Vieira in the deeper-lying midfield area with Saiz ahead of them in the No 10 role after returning to training following a spell on the sidelines with injury.

Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez should start on the wings with Grot up front to earn his first Championship start of the season and just his second outing in the last eight games.

Leeds go into the game 14th in the Championship standings and with just one win since Boxing Day.

The Yorkshire giants could move up to 12th by picking up three points over Bolton, who are 19th and know that a win would be a major boost against their bid to fend off relegation.

In other Leeds United news, fans have urged the club to hire this two-time Championship-winning manager in the summer.

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