Leeds United face Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road tomorrow. Other than bragging rights, the game doesn’t have much riding on it.
Here is the XI Paul Heckingbottom should select:
Peacock-Farrell has stepped in admirably since first choice keeper Felix Wiedwald was dropped. In the two games he has featured in he has looked an assured presence between the sticks and has made some impressive saves.
Pennington is an obvious choice in the absence of Liam Cooper. The on loan Everton defender has looked solid when the Whites have operated with three at the back.
Jansson is a clear shoe-in for Leeds. The big Swede has not hit the heights of his debut season for Leeds but is the man who holds this defence together.
Berardi is a versatile enough player to make the transition to the centre of a back three. He is a solid defender, but perhaps doesn’t have the attacking prowess to operate as a wing back.
RIGHT WING BACK:
Alioski started off as a full back earlier in his career. He plays as a wing back for his country Macedonia and his work rate is second to none, meaning he is well suited in this role.
Forshaw has been one of the stand out performers in Leeds’ dismal run of form since his January arrival from Middlesbrough. He has held the midfield well together, when those around have been out of form.
Rey has earned some big plaudits for his performances in the academy this season. With Vieira, O’Kane and Phillips all out of form it is time for some fresh legs in the middle.
LEFT WING BACK:
Pearce is another player who has caught the eye in the Leeds academy this season. He was on the bench in last weeks 2-2 draw at Reading, and given the poor form of De Bock and Anita it is time to give him a go.
Saiz has not looked at his best since returning from suspension. However he is one of the few players in the side who offer a creative spark and therefore he must play.
Hernandez has been the player of the season for Leeds in my view. He has remained consistent in Leeds’ poor run of form and is the Whites most creative player.
Lasogga was dropped for Caleb Ekuban last week, but the German has a far greater goal threat. He is in a decent run of goal scoring form and should return to the starting XI tomorrow.