25-year-old attacker axed in Monk 4-2-3-1: Best possible Leeds XI to face Norwich
COMMENT by Russell Edge
Garry Monk needs to take a long, hard look at his Leeds side and judge who is going to be up for the fight when Norwich visit Elland Road on Saturday.
The Yorkshire side suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion last time out, taking the Whites’ play-off hopes out of their own hands.
Monks’ side currently sit in seventh place, three points behind Fulham in the final play off spot, with Leeds knowing that Fulham must drop points in their final two games if they are to be overtaken.
However, the London club’s results will mean nothing if Leeds cannot get a result from their own games, starting with the Canaries’ visit to Elland Road.
Monk made three changes to the starting XI for their defeat to Burton, and he should make the same number of changes to ensure his side have the best chance of competing for that much desired play off spot.
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Hadi Sacko, Eunan O’Kane and Gaetano Berardi should step into the side, replacing Souleymane Doukara, Kalvin Phillips and Luke Ayling.
Leeds failed to clear enough clear cut chances against Burton, and the introduction of the fleet-footed Sacko ought to change that.
His pace and trickery will panic a robust but immobile Norwich defence, while Kemar Roofe will have another chance to prove himself after a disappointing display in the 2-1 defeat.
Kalvin Phillips replaced the injured Liam Bridcutt for the visit to the Pirelli Stadium, but he himself should be replaced after an ineffectual performance.
In comes Eunan O’Kane off the bench, to offer some much needed creativity in the middle of the park, alongside the tough tackling Ronaldo Viera.
At the back, Luke Ayling should see his place lost to Gaetano Berardi, with the Swiss defender unlucky to lose his place following the return of Charlie Taylor.
The 28-year-old will offer more mobility down the flanks, in order to deal with the dangerous Norwich frontline of Naismith, Oliveira and Josh Murphy.