Midfield trio axed in Monk 3-4-3: Leeds best possible XI to face Burton
COMMENT by Russell Edge
Leeds manager Garry Monk should axe midfield trio Alfonso Pedraza, Pablo Hernandez and Kalvin Phillips for his side’s game against Burton Albion after their disappointing 1-0 defeat to Wolves.
With a play-off spot on the line, the Whites should go for broke and attack a Burton side languishing at the bottom of the table in their debut Championship season.
With this in mind, manager Monk should adopt a 3-4-3 formation in an attempt to boost his side’s goal difference, which could play a pivotal role come the end of the season.
Charlie Taylor should return to the line up after returning from injury, while there should also be starting berths for midfielder Ronaldo Viera and winger Hadi Sacko with Pedraza, Hernandez and Phillips the three to drop out.
The back three should be formed of Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Luke Ayling, who offer a good balance of strength and mobility at the back, and they will remain organised by the steadfast Robert Green between the sticks.
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Gaetano Berardi and the returning Taylor would operate as wing-backs, offering another avenue to help create chances for the imperious Chris Wood up front, who is leading the Championship scoring charts on 25 goals.
In the middle of the park, Vieira returns alongside Bridcutt, with both players offering some cover to the back three, who could be be left vulnerable at times.
The creative outlets of Roofe and Sacko should aim to penetrate an average Burton defence with through balls should they cut inside, whilst their pace down the flanks should terrify the Albion full-backs.
In what could prove to be a crucial game in Leed’s promotion hopes, Monk should take a calculated risk, and target Burton as a convincing victory, before Norwich City visit Elland Road in what could be a tricky test for his men.
In other Leeds news, Garry Monk has demoted a player to the reserves ahead of their clash with Burton.