Three Brighton players that Leeds should fear ahead of clash
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three Brighton players that Leeds need to be wary of ahead of the Championship clash on Friday night.
Brighton striker Glenn Murray is one of the most clinical finishers in the Championship and has scored two goals in his last three games. The 33-year-old has been lethal in front of goal this season and helped the Seagulls climb to second in the league table. He has tons of experience and should prove a big test for Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley. Murray has scored 11 goals in 20 appearances this campaign and is the biggest threat to the Leeds defence. Brighton manager Chris Hughton has used Murray in every Championship game this season and Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle is the only player to score more league goals than him.
Lewis Dunk has emerged as one of the best defenders in the Championship this season and has been a consistent performer now for several years. The 25-year-old is Brighton’s most reliable centre-back and is set to test Leeds forward Chris Wood. Dunk is a product of the club’s academy and spent a brief spell on loan at Bristol City in 2013. Wood will have to be extremely clever with his movement to outwit Dunk, who has a great footballing brain and is also physically imposing. Dunk seems destined to end up in the Premier League and is on course to get there with Brighton.
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Anthony Knockaert is Brighton’s creative spark and has the ability to beat any defender. He is likely to operate on the right wing and be involved in a fascinating battle with Leeds left-back Charlie Taylor. Knockaert showed in glimpses at Leicester his quality and is beginning to become a more consistent player now with Brighton. The 25-year-old Frenchman has scored six goals in 18 appearances this season and has all the attributes of a Premier League player. He has not scored in his last three games and will be hoping to break that run against Leeds.
In other Leeds news, Wood has revealed what life was like before Garry Monk arrived.