Leeds United fans have taken to social media to rage over news that Paul Heckingbottom has chosen to name three centre backs for the club’s clash against Barnsley on Saturday.
The Whites confirmed their line up via their official Twitter account, revealing that the manager had chosen to make two changes from the side which were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa over a week ago.
Peacock-Farrell, Pearce, O'Connor, Pennington, Jansson, Vieira, Phillips, Saiz, Hernandez (c), Alioski, Roofe pic.twitter.com/pPZlYcqI7f
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 21, 2018
Stuart Dallas and Caleb Ekuban drop out of the side to be replaced by Pontus Jansson and Samu Saiz, as Leeds welcome their near-rivals to Elland Road in what is a crunch clash not just for derby day bragging rights but for the Tykes’ Championship survival.
Of the changes, it was the shock decision to name three natural centre backs and a left back which had fans up in arms for all the wrong reasons, with many fuming at the apparent decision to play Matthew Pennington at right back.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
No Dalby or Clarke on the bench. I actually cba. What more do they have to do like.
— 🙂 (@Max_LUFC) April 21, 2018
Pennington fullback jfc
— Aaron (@AaronLUFC__) April 21, 2018
3 at the back?!?!
— Tom (@tomwilko95) April 21, 2018
— #HeckingbottomOut (@Heckyout) April 21, 2018
I don't understand
— We Are Leeds (@WeAreLeeds1919) April 21, 2018
Who’s playing right back? ????
— Batesy (@BatesyLufc) April 21, 2018
Surely it’ll be Pennington at RB. Heckingbottom not got it in him to change formation.
— James (@JamesLUFC) April 21, 2018
The visitors, who are facing up against former boss Heckingbottom for the first time since he left for Elland Road back in February, are two points clear of safety in the second tier drop zone, and the three points, as well as defeats for Birmingham against Sheffield United and Bolton versus Wolves, could see them leap up two places.
The two sides met in the reverse fixture back in November, with goals from Samu Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski securing a convincing 2-0 victory for then manager Thomas Christiansen and his men, a result which came among a rare hot streak, picking up six wins in eight games.
In other Leeds news, fans were left raving over one man playing at youth level.