Two academy products axed in Monk 4-2-3-1: Leeds best possible XI to face Wigan
By Will Butcher
Leeds boss Garry Monk should replace Alex Mowatt and Kalvin Phillips to give his side a more attacking outlook against Wigan on Tuesday night.
The two were omitted from the starting XI against Derby on Saturday, as Johnny Russell scored the all-important winner to give Steve McClaren his first win after rejoining the Rams.
Now, former Swansea manager Monk should start £3million man Kemar Roofe in place of Mowatt, while youngster Ronaldo Vieira could be given a run out against Gary Caldwell’s Latics.
In what is a game the Yorkshire giants are expected to win, Monk’s men will be looking to outscore the promoted Championship side.
Roofe will start on the left side of Monk’s favoured 4-2-3-1 system to offer a more attacking threat with his pace and mobility than Leeds’ one-paced academy product Mowatt.
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Phillips, 20, was unconvincing against the Rams, as he continues to step in for crocked captain Liam Bridcutt.
Youngster Vieira has started the season in superb form, keeping the likes of Toumani Diagouraga and Luke Murphy out of the side. An injury to the former Benfica youth player halted his progress, though.
Despite an impressive substitute appearance from Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson, which included striking the post late on against Derby, he is expected to remain on the bench against Wigan.
A win for Leeds could see them move to within touching distance of the Championship’s top six, if results go their way.
In other Leeds team news, Ian Holloway has given his prediction ahead of Tuesday night’s Championship encounter.