Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Preston: Talisman returns, attacker is dropped in three changes
By Harry Sykes
Thomas Christiansen is expected to make three changes to the Leeds side that won all three points against Bolton last Sunday, for Saturday’s 3pm kick-off with Preston North End.
One is forced after an injury to left-back Gaetano Berardi in the Bolton game.
New loan signing Cameron Borthwick-Jackson made his debut at left-back for the cup game against Port Vale in midweek and looked sharp and ready to take on the Championship.
Leeds talisman Pontus Jansson returns after suspension, and that will make the Leeds faithful extremely happy – he might even be named captain by Christiansen.
The final change is Pablo Hernandez, who should make way for the Spanish sensation Samu Saiz, who lit up Elland Road on Wednesday night, scoring a hat-trick on his debut.
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It’s harsh on Hernandez but it wasn’t so much the goals that should convince Christiansen to start with Saiz, but the positive manner in which he played.
Saiz might have only been up against League 2 opposition, but you can only beat what’s in front of you.
And Saiz had the beating of his opposition almost every time he came forward. He looked skilful, sharp and ready to take the Championship by the horns.
Christiansen is a big fan of momentum and it would seem odd to cut Saiz off after a performance like that, although he may be tempted to introduce him from the bench.
Elsewhere, Wood is expected to lead the line again after Caleb Ekuban didn’t look ready to beat Championship defences in his Wednesday debut.
He should be supported by Kemar Roofe, Ezgjan Alioski and Saiz, with Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane behind them.
Borthwick-Jackson, Liam Cooper, Jansson, Luke Ayling should make up the defence, with Felix Wiedwald in goal again after Robert Green was injured.
In other Leeds news, Robert Green posted a Twitter message to fans after missing the Port Vale game.