Senior duo axed in Heckingbottom 4-2-3-1: Leeds best possible XI v Middlesbrough
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom must make two changes to his starting line-up on Friday night to field his best possible team against Middlesbrough at the Riverside.
Eunan O’Kane must be axed and replaced by Adam Forshaw in central midfield after the former Boro star missed the 1-0 win over Brentford at the weekend as his wife was expecting to give birth.
O’Kane, 27, was by far and away the worst performer for Leeds last week, so the senior player must be dropped to make way for Forshaw, who has been in top form since signing in January.
In the other change, another senior ace in Stuart Dallas must be dropped for Pablo Hernandez, who could return after missing the win over Brentford through injury.
Felix Wiedwald must keep his place in goal behind an unchanged back four of Gaetano Berardi, Liam Cooper, Pontus Jansson and Vurnon Anita.
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Although Laurens De Bock is available to play, he has been in awful form and it seems that whenever Anita is playing at left-back, Leeds do well.
Forshaw should be lined up next to Kalvin Phillips and behind influential playmaker Samuel Saiz in the No 10 position.
Ezgjan Alioski is in good form so it makes sense for him to start on the left with Hernandez on the right.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga is the obvious choice up front and must start in the lone striker role.
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