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Phillips and Doukara axed in Monk 4-2-3-1: Leeds best possible XI to face Brighton

COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Garry Monk should make two changes to the Leeds starting line-up, with Kalvin Phillips and Souleymane Doukara dropped from the team to play Brighton on Friday.

Midfield duo Stuart Dallas and Eunan O’Kane should be recalled to the starting XI, which beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the previous fixture.

The Whites are currently performing well in the league and sit in fourth place in the Championship table.

However, Brighton are one of few teams above the Yorkshire giants in second place and seven points better off.

This should result in Monk choosing a similar team to the one that beat Villa, but O’Kane and Dallas would boost the side significantly.

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Monk remains hopeful that O’Kane can play on Friday following an injury and if he does he should be joined in the midfield by young starlet Ronaldo Vieira.

The 18-year-old has the potential to become a star for Leeds for years to come and it is now imperative that he see’s as much game time as possible.

Behind them should see a settled back five named with Rob Green, Luke Ayling, Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Charlie Taylor establishing themselves as the team’s first choice defensive unit.

At the other end of the pitch should see Dallas involved in a midfield three alongside Kemar Roofe and Hadi Sacko.

The Frenchman caused serious problems to a strong Villa defence in the recent clash, while Roofe got his first goal for the club.

It has since been reported that the summer signing from Oxford will continue to play in the middle from now and with Pablo Hernandez still injured it is the perfect opportunity for him to hit some form.

Meanwhile, star striker Chris Wood will be expected to keep his place as the team’s spearhead and he will be looking to add to his 13 goals scored already this season.

In other Leeds team news,  Pontus Jansson has given an update on his future at the club.