Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Sheffield Wednesday: Two senior debuts
PREVIEW by Harvey Byrne
Leeds manager Garry Monk could make a bold move by starting both of his two new senior additions from the start for Saturday’s encounter against Sheffield Wednesday.
Liam Bridcutt, 27, moved to the Whites from Sunderland in a £1.5million move from Premier League side Sunderland earlier in the week following a loan spell at the club last season.
The club also announced the signing of Pontus Jansson, 25, on-loan from Torino on Thursday and, given the team’s poor start to the campaign, Monk could look to play both of the defensive minded players.
The former Swansea boss could change his formation for the Yorkshire clash, from the side which faced Fulham on Tuesday.
Both Chris Wood and summer signing Marcus Antonsson started up front in the club’s 4-4-2 formation.
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However, Sheffield Wednesday have more of an attacking threat and the manager is expected to switch to a more reserved formation away from home.
Despite Wood’s bicycle goal against the Cottagers on Tuesday, the striker has received a lot of criticism from fans and Monk could choose the more dynamic Antonsson to lead the line.
Meanwhile, Robert Green, captain Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips and Pablo Hernandez are in line to keep their places in the starting eleven, making up the spine of the team.
One change on the wing could be Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 star Stuart Dallas coming in for Hadi Sacko, with the pacy Frenchman coming off of the bench later in the game to make an impact.
New signing Luke Ayling is expected to keep his place in the side, while Charlie Taylor and Kemar Roofe are also expected to link back up and cover the left flank.
The Whites have started their new league campaign in poor form with one point from their first three games, after earning a draw against Fulham.
Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday will also be looking to bounce straight back, as they suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat against newly-promoted side Burton in midweek.
In other Leeds team news, Liam Cooper and Matt Grimes have both praised their team-mate Chris Wood on Twitter.