Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Wolves: Struggling midfielder recalled
By Emma Sanders
Alex Mowatt could be recalled by Leeds to face Wolves on Saturday despite his recent struggles.
The midfielder was dropped for Leeds’ 1-1 draw against Wigan on Tuesday as Kemar Roofe slotted into the left flank role handed handed to Mowatt last weekend.
But wide man Roofe failed to make an impact in just his third league start this season and could now be forced to sit out yet another game.
Monk is expected to make a straight swap between the two but the rest of the team could be unchanged despite Leeds failing to win in their last two games.
Robert Green will stand between the sticks as usual, while the defensive back four of Luke Ayling, Kyle Bartley, Pontus Jansoon and Charlie Taylor should all start.
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Jansoon has been one of the club’s most impressive players this season and will be expected to feature heavily at centre-back against Wolves.
Monk’s favoured 4-2-3-1 system should see O’Kane adopt the deeper central midfield role alongside Kalvin Phillips while summer signing Pablo Hernandez could also start.
Stuart Dallas has been ruled out for a fortnight and it’s likely Hernandez will continue in the attacking midfield role after performing reasonably well there against Wigan.
Hadi Sacko will likely offer Leeds some attacking options on the right-hand side while it’s expected Mowatt will be hoping to kick into form on the opposite flank.
Swedish striker, Marcus Antonsson has been bright in recent substitute performances, particularly late-on against Derby, but he is expected to remain on the bench.
Chris Wood will likely start as Leeds’ central forward option but he’ll need to be on top form if he is to keep Antonsson out of the side for much longer.
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