Noel Whelan delivers instant verdict to Leeds line-up v Wolves
By Dominic Toner
Noel Whelan expects Leeds’ game against Wolves to be similar to their recent 3-0 victory over Preston.
The Whites host Wolves on Easter Monday in the Championship and will be looking to consolidate their position in the play-off places.
Garry Monk has decided to make no changes from the team that drew 1-1 with Newcastle on Friday and midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has been unable to recover from illness.
That means Kalvin Phillips and Liam Bridcutt will continue in the midfield, while Monk is relying on the same attacking set-up to score the goals.
Whelan believes that Leeds should dominate the game against Wolves and feels the midfield pairing should be pressing high up the pitch.
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“Phillips has played the number ten role many times,” Whelan said, as quoted by the BBC news blog on Monday (2:09pm). “I really like Vieira and I thought those two were unbelievable together against Preston.
“Bridcutt likes to drop level with the centre halves but I don’t think that’s necessary – Vieira commanded the game playing a little further forward. I think the Wolves game will be a little more like the Preston one. Leeds are at home, for one, and will be expected to get forward.”
Academy graduate Vieira has enjoyed a breakout year at Elland Road and has become an important figure in the first team.
The teenager is absent through injury and Whelan believes that Bridcutt must be more offensive against Wolves.
Leeds are still vying for a play-off spot this season, while Wolves are sat in mid-table and don’t have much left to play for.
Paul Lambert is also without his talisman Helder Costa due to injury and the Whites will be looking to be on the front foot on Monday.