By Will Butcher
Leeds fans have reacted on Twitter after Garry Monk decided to axe midfielder Ronaldo Vieira against Newcastle on Friday night.
Captain Liam Bridcutt’s return from an achilles injury has seen Vieira drop out of the starting eleven, but 21-year-old Kalvin Phillips has remained in the side to partner Bridcutt.
Leeds announced the side on their official Twitter account, as Monk makes just one change to the side that strolled past Preston 3-0 at Elland Road last time out.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 14, 2017
Monk will be hoping that the win against Preston generates some momentum ahead of Friday’s evening clash, with Newcastle coming into the game after losing 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday.
Leeds fans have questioned the decision by former Swansea boss Monk to drop Vieira instead of Phillips, as Bridcutt comes back into the starting eleven.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Max (@MSeeley_) April 14, 2017
— ⚽Stevie G #ALAW⚽💙💛 (@s90rny) April 14, 2017
should have kept Vieira and dropped Phillips. Other than that, solid line up #ALAW
— Tori L (@tori_l_4) April 14, 2017
WHY HAS VIEIRA BEEN DROPPED
— bęn (@Iufcben) April 14, 2017
Would have started with viera. Bridcutt will need a big game.
— neil stacey (@neilstacey2) April 14, 2017
I think Philips joins attack more than Vieira but I think Vieria plays the sitting role better than Bridgett because of his range of passing
— Jon Tomkinson (@jonnyzoom) April 14, 2017
Taking either Vieira or Phillips out was always going to be harsh after Saturday but Bridcutt is a different league! #lufc
— JB (@Jbrittain1993) April 14, 2017
Leeds will be desperate to secure three points after play-off rivals Huddersfield, Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday all gained victory earlier on Good Friday.
A 23rd Championship league win of the season would help Monk’s side consolidate their position in the top six, with only five league games left to play.