After two consecutive heavy defeats against Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday, it is time for manager Thomas Christiansen to bring in some fresh faces to his starting XI. This how I think Leeds should line up against Reading on Saturday:
GOALKEEPER: FELIX WIEDWALD
Felix Wiedwald has come in for a lot of stick over the last couple of games. And rightly so. His failure to command his box and constant flapping at crosses has left Leeds fans calling for the experienced head of Andy Lonergan. However, for the time being I think that Christiansen should stick with the German or face destroying his confidence completely.
RIGHT BACK: LUKE AYLING
Well, do I have to explain myself? Ayling has been one of Leeds’ most consistent performers since his arrival from Bristol City last summer. He is probably the first name on Thomas Christiansen’s team sheet.
CENTRE BACK: PONTUS JANSSON
Despite being taken off on a stretcher in United’s last game at Sheffield Wednesday, key man Pontus Jansson has been passed fit to play. Although, his form has dipped in recent weeks, there is no hiding from the fact he is one of the clubs most important players.
CENTRE BACK: LIAM COOPER
After missing Leeds’ last game through suspension, I think captain Liam Cooper must come straight back in. He has probably been the Whites’ best central defender so far this season, and Leeds have looked their most solid when Jansson and Cooper have played together.
LEFT BACK: STUART DALLAS
Left back seems to be thee problem position for Leeds United this season. None of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Vurnon Anita and Gaetano Berardi have stood out in this position so far, and with Dallas having played there for Northern Ireland previously, he should be given a go.
CENTRE MIDFIELD: EUNAN O’KANE
Eunan O’Kane was another player who saved his worst performance of the season for their Yorkshire Derby defeat at Wednesday, but for me he keeps his place. He has been outstanding for the majority of the season and in his absence at Cardiff, they looked a poorer side without him.
CENTRE MIDFIELD: RONALDO VIERIA
After being used conservatively so far this season, it is definitely time for young star Ronaldo Vieria to play more of a frequent role in the team. Kalvin Phillips has started the season impressively, but has looked leggy in the last couple of games meaning Vieria should take his place.
RIGHT WING: KEMAR ROOFE
The last time Kemar Roofe started a game at Elland Road, Leeds United won 5-0. Now, I’m not saying it was all down to him, but it’s clear that his performances at home are better than that he puts in away. Ezgjan Alioksi has been poor recently and has done a lot of travelling on international duty this week, meaning Roofe should be given the nod.
ATTACKING MIDFIELD: SAMU SAIZ
Samu Saiz has to start every game in which he isn’t available, in my opinion. Leeds were shocking in the recent game at Cardiff in which he started on the bench and every time he plays he makes an impact. He is always a goal threat and creates chances galore, he’s a no brainier for me.
LEFT WINGER: PABLO HERNANDEZ
Pablo Hernandez is another player who performs much better in home games. His link up play with fellow Spaniard Samu Saiz is very impressive, and he always seems to make things happen. Given Reading’s poor defensive record, it could be a game in which he thrives in.
STRIKER: PIERRE-MICHEL LASOGGA
Pierre-Michel Lasogga is by far and away Leeds’ best fit striker. His hold up play is certainly on the level of departed Chris Wood, and his finishing is top notch. He can score all kinds of goals and he is another player who must start every game in which he is fit.