On-loan ace must be signed permanently: Three things we learned about Leeds in draw v Newcastle
By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points about Leeds as they drew 1-1 against Newcastle on Friday evening at St. James’ Park.
Pedraza should be signed permanently
Growing in confidence after being handed his sixth start under Garry Monk, the Spaniard is starting to find his feet and show his flair for Leeds. Producing an impressive performance in the final third, the 20-year-old was unlucky not to score his second goal for Leeds early on, as he cracked an effort with his weaker foot against the cross bar, leaving Karl Darlow stranded. On loan from La Liga outfit Villarreal, it remains to be seen how much the Spain Under-21 international would cost Leeds, but on Friday night’s viewing, he should be signed permanently.
International midfielder needs run out
Eunan O’Kane was overlooked in Leeds’ starting line-up once again against the Toon, as Monk opted to start Kalvin Phillips. Starting alongside Liam Bridcutt, Phillips was a passenger throughout as he struggled to cope with Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey in the middle of the park. Ireland international O’Kane has been left on the bench in recent matches, but following Phillips’ questionable display, former Bournemouth midfielder O’Kane should be brought back into the side.
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Chris Wood goal is crucial
He has already had more than his fair share. But with the play-offs looming, the New Zealand international desperately needed to rediscover his shooting boots once again after failing to find the back of the net in his previous three games. However, Wood popped up in the 96th minute to score his 28th goal of the season and with the Championship play-offs looming, a potential goal drought has been shelved for the time being when Leeds need his goals more than ever.
In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson has delivered this verdict on his selection in the Team of the Year.