Two goalscorers axed in Christiansen 4-5-1: Leeds best possible XI to play Birmingham
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen must make two big changes to his squad ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Birmingham City at Elland Road.
Christiansen has to axe Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe from the team that beat Burton 5-0 on Saturday, even though both of them got themselves on the scoresheet.
The Whites have to do this in order to maintain squad fitness and ensure that the dressing room morale stays high, otherwise players will be fatigued and start to become unhappy with their lack of game time.
Christiansen should call upon Ezgjan Alioksi to come back into the squad as well as Stuart Dallas after both of them had a brilliant start to the campaign before missing out in recent fixtures.
Felix Wiedwald must keep his place in goal behind a back four of Vurnon Anita, Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling.
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Leeds have kept clean sheets in their last five Championship fixtures so it would make absolutely no sense to chop and change that area of the squad.
Samu Saiz was the only player in attack and midfield that didn’t score or get an assist against Burton, but he is too good to leave out the squad to face up to Birmingham’s men, so he should play in the No 10 role ahead of Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane.
Alioski must be played on the right wing while Dallas takes up his traditional spot on the left.
The returning duo’s wide play will prove crucial in helping Pierre-Michel Lasogga build on his impressive debut from the Burton hammering where he scored two goals.
Leeds can go top of the Championship table with a win against Birmingham, who won on their last trip to Elland Road last August.
In other Leeds United news, Christiansen has issued a warning to his squad ahead of the clash with Birmingham.