Senior quartet axed in Monk 4-2-3-1: Leeds best possible XI to face Preston
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Garry Monk should make four changes to his Leeds starting XI as they welcome Preston North End to Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.
The Whites have lost back-to-back games, including suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brentford on Tuesday night.
Now, Monk should make a number of changes to his side by axing the senior quartet of Pablo Hernandez, Stuart Dallas, Liam Bridcutt and Luke Ayling.
As a result, Alfonso Pedraza, Kemar Roofe, Ronaldo Vieira and Charlie Taylor should come into the team for this important clash.
Striker Chris Wood, who scored a brace on home soil last time out, must start up front with playmaker Pedraza providing the creativity in behind.
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Out wide, Monk should give Kemar Roofe the opportunity to prove himself again as Mo Barrow needs more game time to find his best form on the right wing.
In the middle of the park, the Yorkshire club should be bold and play academy duo, Kalvin Phillips and Vieira.
The youngsters will provide the flair, energy and fearless play that Leeds are currently lacking at this moment in time.
At the back, Charlie Taylor must start at left-back because on his day he is arguably one of the best full-backs in the Championship.
That means, Gaetano Berardi, who has vastly improved in recent months, should revert to his right-back position with Ayling missing out.
If Monk’s side are to get back to winning ways then staying strong at the back will be a good starting point.
Therefore, senior duo Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley must start at the heart of the club’s defence as they provide a calmness and stability to the team.
In other Leeds news, Garry Monk sends this message to fans ahead of the Preston clash.