Monk must start 24-year-old: Three things learned about Leeds in win v Preston
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Leeds’ 3-0 victory against Preston in the Championship.
Roofe deserves starting berth
Leeds ace Kemar Roofe starred in the win against Preston and proved that he deserves a run in the starting line-up. The 24-year-old has been unable to cement his position in the starting XI this season, but was fantastic on Saturday. He opened the scoring and was also involved in Hernandez’s goal, proving that he can make a massive impact on the side. Roofe was recalled to the side for Preston and certainly took his chance, meaning he could play a huge role in the club’s promotion push. Garry Monk has several talented wingers at his disposal, but must start Roofe on the wing during the rest of the season.
Hernandez back to his best
Leeds playmaker Pablo Hernandez has come under severe criticism recently and his position in the starting XI has come into question. However, the 31-year-old was in spectacular form against Preston and reminded people of his technical ability. He managed to dictate the the attacking third and also scored his fifth goal of the season. Hernandez’s willingness to put his body on the line has been an uncertainty to his game, but the Spaniard was everywhere at Elland Road on Saturday. He can be the driving force in the club’s push for promotion if he continues to delivers performances like he showed against Preston and his incredible work-rate is something the Leeds fans will demand every week.
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Young duo shine
Monk decided to start with Leeds youngsters Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips against Preston, with the pair impressing the club’s supporters. Leeds’ senior midfield options Liam Bridcutt and Eunan O’Kane were not in the starting XI for Saturday’s victory. However, the Whites’ young duo were a shining light and dominated the centre of the park. Phillips, 21, proved his qualities with an all round solid display and showed a willingness to support the attack. Vieira, 18, played the more defensive role in the midfield and is a big physical presence. Monk has been keen to promote youth in the side this season and the Preston victory proved what quality he has at his disposal.
In other Leeds news, a report has detailed where the Whites would be without Wood.