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Monk gives insight into Leeds centre-back dilemma ahead of Cardiff clash

By Will Butcher

Leeds boss Garry Monk has revealed his delight with his centre-back options as he prepares for Saturday’s league clash against Cardiff.

The 37-year-old has Liam Cooper, Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson to choose from for the two key positions in his starting 11.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Leeds’ trip to Cardiff on Saturday, Monk was quoted by Leeds’ official Twitter account as saying that he is happy to have three centre-backs of such calibre.

“I have three really top centre-backs,” Monk said, as quoted by Leeds’ official Twitter account. “They all have leadership qualities – it’s brilliant for me.”

Leeds had four senior centre-backs to choose from when the window shut last month but former captain Sol Bamba left the following day after being pushed down the pecking order at Elland Road and failing to find a new club by the 31 August cut-off.

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Despite this, under-pressure manager Monk is happy with his options at the heart of Leeds’ defence.

The former Swansea boss was also quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account, that he is ready to rotate his squad and all three defenders will get their chance.

“The whole squad will be used,” Monk said, as quoted on Sobot’s Twitter account. “It’s a long season and there are a lot of games.”

Leeds travel to Wales on Saturday to face fellow slow starters Cardiff, as Monk looks to orchestrate some momentum to push his side away from the Championship drop zone.

In other Leeds news, Monk has also revealed talks with owner Massimo Cellino.