There are some very big decisions to be made yesterday after an up and down week for the players. the defeat, and manner of the defeat at Millwall has opened the door for some players potentially in what was becoming regular first-team. I don’t expect too many changes but I feel there will be one or two. Thomas Christiansen has got his selections right every time so far, maybe the Millwall game the first time he has had to question what went wrong.
GK – Felix Wiedwald – Wiedwald didn’t do too much wrong at the New Den and he will be happy to see the return of skipper Liam Cooper who seems set to make the game after a back injury picked up in the win over Birmingham City last Tuesday night.
RB – Luke Ayling – The full-back has just won the clubs Player of the Month competition for August and has been brilliant so far this season. Has played centre-back a few times and captained the side in London last week, his attacking power will be crucial in pinning Ipswich back tomorrow.
CB – Pontus Jansson – Thomas Christiansen says everyone is fit so that would indicate Jansson has recovered from his hamstring issue. His presence will be key against the physical Joe Garner who will probably want to go up against the Swede for a battle.
CB – Liam Cooper (c) – Cooper is another who will be returning if what Christiansen says happens. The skipper returns and will be crucial in the game after a brilliant start to the season. The turnaround in his Leeds United career is nothing short of staggering. It will be great to see him back in the side.
LB – Gaetano Berardi – This maybe a shot in the dark but I feel that he may have done enough to earn his place back this weekend. Personally I think Borthwick-Jackson is the best natural left-back but Christiansen doesn’t fancy him at the moment and Anita has been poor the last couple. Time for Berra again?
CM – Eunan O’Kane – Both O’Kane and Phillips will want to right the wrongs of what happened at Millwall and that is that they didn’t battle like they needed to. The engine is key, and the key in that engine is O’Kane. If he plays well then e will probably play well.
CM – Kalvin Phillips – I think if the pair were to have another poor game then Mateusz Klich and Ronaldo Vieira would fancy their chances of breaking into the side. It’s a key game for Phillips who had an awful outing last Saturday and getting into the box and stretching Ipswich will be important.
RW – Kemar Roofe – I think the decision to drop Roofe after the Burton Albion game was poor, he had his best game in a Leeds shirt and was then left out of the next two games. His interchanging with the others in that three could play a crucial part in pulling Ipswich about.
CAM – Samu Saiz – An obvious starter and the key player in our side. Give him the ball early and see what he produces.
LW – Stuart Dallas – In terms of players deserving their chance Dallas is at the top of the list. I don’t know what more he can do to get a shot at starting in the league and against one of the most hardworking sides in the Football League he is the perfect player.
ST – Pierre-Michel Lasogga – Lasogga has made a big impact since coming to the club and he will be up against a defence who likes to sit behind the ball and leave little room behind them. I don’t think he’ll mind at all and will be up for the scrap.