COMMENT By Danny Wright
Thomas Christiansen must made radical changes to his Leeds United side to get them out of this rut and earn a result against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday.
To avoid losing a fourth game in a row, the Elland Road boss has to hand stunning returns to fringe players Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Ronaldo Vieira back into his starting line-up in order to name his best possible XI, despite barely playing either of them in the league.
Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi will have to be the unlucky players to be axed from the squad, but as desperation grows for a win to keep Leeds’ promotion bid on track, sacrifices must be made.
Christiansen should also change his formation to a narrow 4-3-3 system that allows the full-backs to press forward more and give Samu Saiz and Kemar Roofe the freedom to create in free roles behind focal point Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Andy Lonergan should keep his place in goal over Felix Wiedwald as the German shot-stopper still needs to spend a bit more time out of the side after a poor run of form.
Luke Ayling, Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper must also remain unchanged in defence, but Borthwick-Jackson should be reintroduced to Christiansen’s line-up.
Not having a natural left-back in the side is really hurting Leeds at the moment, and although the Manchester United loanee hasn’t been amazing since switch to Elland Road, this change of formation would require a natural left-footer to play in the role.
Vieira should come into the midfield to add a bit more steel and defensive cover with the full-backs being handed more attacking roles. Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips must keep their spots as they were in decent form together before this latest spell of bad form, and it won’t be too long before they get back on top of things.
Up front, Lasogga needs to be given more chances and free roles of Saiz and Roofe, who could potentially push forward as a secondary-striker, should give the Whites plenty of firepower.
In other Leeds United news, Christiansen has confirmed that this player is back from injury to play against Bristol City this weekend.