25-year-old isn't good enough: Three things we learned about Leeds in win v Rotherham
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Leeds’ 3-0 Championship win against Rotherham at Elland Road on Monday afternoon.
Hernandez and Roofe don’t work in the team together
Garry Monk experimented with his successful team on Monday afternoon with Liam Bridcutt his only natural central midfielder. The former Swansea manager decided to bring Pablo Hernandez back into his line-up after injury, which saw Kalvin Phillips miss out. However, the Yorkshire giants’ first half display was abysmal against the club placed bottom of the league. It proved too attacking with both Hernandez and Kemar Roofe in the lineup and left Leeds too open at the back. Monk’s side finished the first half with just three shots, while the Millers had seven. A performance like that against a better team would have seen them enter the break a few goals down.
Doukara isn’t good enough for a team with promotion aims
Souleymane Doukara fell back into the wide left midfield role with the return of striker Chris Wood on Monday. However, the 25-year-old spurned a number of chances against a defence which has conceded 54 goals from their 25 matches this season. Doukara is in the team for his high work-rate, but with a return of just three assists and four goals in his 17 encounters this season he must now drop back out of the starting eleven. The more natural Stuart Dallas would surely be a better option than Doukara in the all-important second half of the campaign.
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Leeds must now activate the Jansson clause
When Pontus Jansson first signed for Leeds on loan in the summer there was little known of the defender from Torino. However, there were reports that if he made 20 appearances for the English second tier side then it would allow the club to make his deal permanent for a £3.5million deal. The match against the Millers was Jansson’s 20th appearance for the club and he marked it with another clean sheet. Monk must now ensure that the club make his deal a permanent one as he will surely have interest from those in the Premier League, which is where Leeds need to start next season.
In other Leeds news, fans on Twitter reacted to Charlie Taylor’s omission from the squad before the match.