Senior trio axed in Monk 4-2-3-1: Best possible Leeds XI to face Blackburn
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Leeds boss Garry Monk should give in-form Alex Mowatt a run in his preferred attacking midfield position against Blackburn on Tuesday night and make three changes to the team that lost to Huddersfield.
Leeds’ number 27 has shown both creativity and flair during his recent run in the side, but his lack of pace means he is wasted out on the left of midfield and needs the ball to his feet in the middle of the pitch to fully utilise his qualities.
Mowatt’s inclusion in the number 10 role would see a striker drop to the bench, and the casualty should be Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson.
Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas would fill the void on the left of midfield, giving the England Under-21 international free reign to orchestrate attacking proceedings against Owen Coyle’s Blackburn, who are currently propping up the Championship table.
Fan favourite Liam Cooper should also be selected by Monk, with Swansea loanee Kyle Bartley not able to stop the flow of goals flying past Rob Green.
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Ireland international Eunan O’Kane is expected to be given his debut for the Yorkshire giants, alongside newly installed captain Liam Bridcutt. This would mean Kalvin Phillips joining Antonsson and Bartley on the sidelines.
Elsewhere, Pontus Jansson, Luke Ayling, Charlie Taylor and Hadi Sacko are all expected to continue their good form in the under-fire side.
In other Leeds news, this newbie has revealed how the squad are feeling as pressure beings to intensify.