24-year-old attacker recalled: This best possible Leeds XI will destroy Derby
By Guy Giles
Thomas Christiansen should reinstate Kemar Roofe to the starting lineup and partner him with Pierre-Michel Lasogga up front as Leeds look to return to winning ways against Derby.
Roofe has found himself on the bench for the last two games, both of which ended in losses. The first was a 3-1 defeat to Leicester City in the EFL Cup, and then a 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the league.
Roofe has made 14 appearances so far this season, scoring six goals and laying on three assists.
Most of these appearances have seen him occupy a wide role for Christiansen’s side, but a return to a more central position may bring rewards and help Roofe improve his goalscoring record further.
Playing Roofe up top with Lasogga may also benefit the German, who after a spectacular goalscoring start to his Leeds career, has failed to consistently find the back of the net.
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Another change that would benefit Leeds would be to bring back first-choice goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald.
Despite his poor form earlier this season, it is hard to believe that 34-year-old Andy Lonergan offers enough to justify dropping the German stopper.
Bringing him back to the starting XI would give Wiedwald the confidence needed to put in solid, consistent performances for Leeds as they look to make their long-awaited return to the Premier League.
Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips are out with injury and suspension.
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