Noel Whelan urges Leeds manager Monk to make this tactical change against Wigan
By Amir Mir
Noel Whelan wants Leeds manager Garry Monk to play one defensive midfielder against Wigan on Sunday afternoon.
The Yorkshire club will travel to the DW Stadium for their final match of the season, looking to end the campaign with all three points.
Throughout the season, Monk has opted to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, which has worked until recent bad results in April.
The likes of Liam Bridcutt, Ronaldo Vieira, Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane, have been the main players utilised in that deep lying playmaker role.
Ahead of their trip to Wigan, former Leeds striker Whelan wants Monk to play a more attacking team against the already relegated side.
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“I would like to see him just use one defensive midfielder,” Whelan told BBC Radio Yorkshire.
“Don’t get me wrong, you could play two when you are leading the game to consolidate. But at the start of the game, one is enough – go out and show some intent.”
Monk’s style of play and tactics have been formed around the club’s star striker, Chris Wood, who is currently topping the scoring charts in the Championship.
During the season, the New Zealand international has scored 26 league goals from his 43 matches, including during the 3-3 draw against Norwich last time out.
Overall, he has found the back of the net on 29 occasions and will be looking to hit the 30-goal mark against the Latics.
This will effectively be a dead rubber for Monk’s team, who will need a 13 goal swing if they were to finish in the top six ahead of a free-scoring Fulham side.