Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Port Vale: Ten changes as Christiansen experiments
By Harry Sykes
Thomas Christiansen has given his squad a ringing endorsement ahead of the Carabao Cup game with Port Vale on Wednesday.
He has said that he intends to take the game seriously, while also admitting that he will make wholesale changes to the squad.
Some changes have been forced, with injuries to defenders Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington, but he is expected to name an almost entirely changed line-up, with up to 10 changes.
Rob Green is expected to take over from Felix Wiedwald, with the new keeper not looking as if he’s up to speed with the Championship yet.
Green will have a chance to stake his claim for the number one spot with a solid performance tonight.
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New loan signing Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is eligible to play and is expected to make his Leeds debut in place of the injured Berardi.
Despite giving away an almost immediate penalty after coming on in the Bolton game, Conor Shaughnessy should get another chance at centre-back.
And with Christiansen light on options at the back, Liam Cooper is the one Leeds player who should retain his place in the starting line-up, with Vurnon Anita playing on the right.
The game should also see the return of skipper Liam Bridcutt who didn’t make the squad for Sunday’s game.
His experience will be vital in a game that Christiansen is keen to win to keep his team’s momentum going.
It means Ronaldo Vieira will have to wait for his first start this season.
Caleb Ekuban should get the chance to stake his claim to be Wood’s back-up with a shot at Vale’s League Two defence.
Samu Saiz, Stuart Dallas, Hadi Sacko and Mateusz Klich should also get a starting place tonight.