Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Wigan: 26-year-old axed in two changes
By Harvey Byrne
Leeds manager Garry Monk is expected to make two changes to his starting XI which takes on Wigan on Sunday afternoon.
The Yorkshire giants were held to a 3-3 draw at Elland Road against Norwich last weekend, ruling them out of a chance of making this season’s play-offs.
However, he is still likely to want to complete the season with a win, meaning he will continue with many of his first team players at the DW Stadium this weekend.
But, that doesn’t mean he will refrain from making any changes and it is expected that winger Stuart Dallas will be axed from the team following a dismal performance from the 26-year-old against the Canaries last weekend.
Meanwhile, the 38-year-old will be forced into his second change with star defender Pontus Jansson receiving a three-match suspension after his yellow card picked up against Norwich.
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This could then result in Souleymane Doukara and Liam Cooper both stepping back into the team with the latter returning from a six-match ban himself.
In goal, experienced stopper Rob Green is likely to see out the season as the club’s number one with him firmly establishing himself as the club’s first choice alongside an injury to backup Marco Silvestri.
Meanwhile, Monk is likely to stick with a defence of Luke Ayling, Kyle Bartley and Gaetano Berardi to line-up alongside Liam Cooper with star left-back Charlie Taylor’s future at the club in sever doubt with his contract ending this summer.
Further forward is expected to be a central midfield pairing of Eunan O’Kane alongside youngster Ronaldo Vieira with club-captain Liam Bridcutt out injured.
The duo will shield the defence in the centre of the park while allowing the attack more freedom and it is likely that Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe will retain their positions in an attacking midfield three.
They will then be expected to supply top scorer Chris Wood, who will be looking to add to his 26 Championship goals this campaign.
In other Leeds news, fans have reacted on Twitter to Monk’s reported talks with the club.