Senior trio omitted: This Leeds XI would crush Millwall
COMMENT By Derek Smithson
Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen should name an unchanged side at the weekend for the away clash against Millwall as it should be strong enough to pick up another three points.
The Whites continue their league season with an away fixture against Millwall and should be able extend their position at the top of the Championship table with a crushing victory.
They edged past Birmingham 2-0 on Tuesday in what was a difficult match, but must stick with the same starting XI.
That means the senior trio of Gaetano Berardi, Kemar Roofe and Stuart Dallas should all have to make do with another place on the bench.
However, they were all used in the win over Birmingham in the second-half and Christiansen will get the chance to rotate his squad just three days later in the League Cup against Burnley.
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Leeds need to keep their strongest XI on the pitch for Millwall while they are in good form and that means starting with the same team who set-up against Birmingham.
Felix Wiedwald should retain his place in goal and has looked very able in possession, while also keeping six consecutive league clean sheets.
Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper must continue as the centre-back combination, while Luke Ayling as Vurnon Anita operate as the full-backs.
Leeds’ back-line has looked formidableso far this season and for now Berardi will have to remain patient in his pursuit of a starting XI berth.
The reliable pair of Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips should line up in the midfield, with the pair offering the perfect balance of attack and defence.
Meanwhile, left winger Ezgjan Alioski may be under scrutiny to keep his place after an underwhelming display against Birmingham in mid-week.
However, he has shown he is much more effective away from Elland Road and his trickery could be the key to unlocking Millwall’s defence.
Samu Saiz and Pablo Hernandez should also keep their places in the side, with the duo having the creative to really damage their opponents.
That leaves Pierre-Michel Lasogga as the centre-forward and he has looked brilliant during his first two games for the club, meaning Jay-Roy Grot has to wait patiently on the bench.
In other Leeds United news, Eddie Gray has hailed the impact of their attacker this season.