Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Norwich: Attackers axed in three changes
By Russell Edge
Leeds manager Garry Monk is in line to make a host of changes to his starting XI for their match against Norwich after last week’s disappointing defeat to Burton.
The Welsh manager made three changes to his side for their visit to the Pirelli Stadium, and it can be expected that he will again switch up his side as he looks to fight for a play-off spot.
Liam Bridcutt missed out on the Burton defeat through injury, and Monk has confirmed on the club’s official Twitter that the midfielder will again be absent.
???? @GarryMonk "Liam Bridcutt won’t be available, he has a soreness around his achilles. Apart from that, we are as we were before Burton"
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 27, 2017
The Whites struggled to create meaningful chances against Burton and as a result Monk is expected to change things up at the top of the pitch.
Alfonso Pedraza and Hadi Sacko could come in for Souleymane Doukara and Kemar Roofe, with the wingers both having come off the bench in the Burton defeat.
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Eunan O’Kane could also make the step up to the starting XI, replacing Kalvin Phillips who failed to impress last weekend.
At the back, Monk is likely to keep faith with Charlie Taylor and Luke Ayling, despite Gaetano Berardi offering an option for either full back role, while Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley are his favoured centre back pairing.
Ronaldo Viera should line up alongside the returning O’Kane, while Chris Wood is expected to lead the line supported by Sacko, Pedraza and Pablo Hernandez.
Wood is on course to finish the season as the Championship’s top scorer, and is currently leading the chasing pack with 25 goals this season.
In other Leeds news, defender Pontus Jansson has slammed the number of individual mistakes made this season.