21-year-old should be axed: Three things we learned about Leeds in win against Preston
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Leeds’ 4-1 Championship win against Preston on Monday afternoon.
Kalvin Phillips should be axed from the line-up
The 21-year-old youth graduate is not good enought to perform consistently for a team battling at the top end of the Championship. The victory on Saturday has left Leeds in fifth place and five points clear of seventh. However, with doubts over Phillips already before the game the midfielder failed to impress once again in the strong line-up. The youngster struggled to get a proper foothold of the game in the centre of the park and to make matters worse he was sat on a yellow card from 43 minutes after petulantly kicking the ball away.
Kemar Roofe is well worth the money
Roofe made the switch from League Two side Oxford in the summer for a relatively big £3million fee to Elland Road. It is something that Leeds fans haven’t experienced for a number of years and the 23-year-old initially struggled at the club with a return of just three assists and two goals in 26 appearances in total. However, he has recently seen an upturn in form and his goal and assists against Preston on Boxing Day marked another stunning display from the young attacker. Last season’s League Two Player of the Year is now proving that he was worth the high fee.
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The side aren’t overly reliant on Chris Wood for goals
Manager Garry Monk made the bold decision not to start his top goal scorer against Preston after his recent return from injury. However, the Leeds squad repaid Monk’s faith in them and scored a fantastic three goals before Wood made his way onto the pitch. The Yorkshire giants will need goals from elsewhere on the pitch if they are to maintain their place in the hunt for promotion and the Leeds team more than proved they are capable of doing so on Monday afternoon at Deepdale.
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