Senior duo axed in Monk 4-2-3-1: Best possible Leeds XI to face Cardiff
By Will Butcher
Manager Garry Monk needs to bring some of the old guard back into the Leeds side after fielding nine new signings against Blackburn.
Only two players from last season’s mediocre season under Steve Evans started in Leeds’ last-gasp 2-1 win against Blackburn, with Charlie Taylor and Stuart Dallas occupying the left flank roles.
After 11 signings this summer, the Yorkshire giants are understandably going to take time to gel but the former Swansea manager could quicken that process against Cardiff on Saturday by starting some more experienced Leeds players to help the newer players learn quicker.
Top scorer Chris Wood is expected to replace Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson as Leeds main goal threat on Saturday, after coming off the bench to break the deadlock in Tuesday’s Championship fixture.
Commanding centre-back Liam Cooper could also add vital know how to the back four, replacing Antonsson’s fellow countryman Pontus Jansson instead of Kyle Bartley.
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Bartley, currently on loan from Swansea, wore the armband after Liam Bridcutt was replaced early in the second-half against Owen Coyle’s men, and scored the winner with four minutes left on the clock.
A win for Leeds would ease some more pressure currently on under-fire boss Monk, and push them towards the middle of the table. A loss could see Leeds slip back into the releagtion zone if results don’t go their way.