A very big game has arrived and Thomas Christiansen has made it very clear to his players and the fans he is expecting the side to bounce back and win the game. The opposition, led by Jaap Stam will be keen to get their season going after a poor start but it’s important we don’t allow them to get a foothold in the game. There has to be changes from Sheffield Wednesday, one of the worst performances we have seen in a while from the side.
My XI (4-4-1-1)
GK – Felix Wiedwald – Personally I think that Wiedwald was used as a scapegoat for the last couple of games when in fact he was only as bad as the shocking performances in front of him. He certainly needs to show us more, but the same goes for the whole side after recent weeks.
RB – Luke Ayling – I could start with every player and say “needs to up his game after the last couple” but it is boring so I’ll avoid it. Ayling is by far and away the first choice at right back and I think he will be one of the characters needed both on and off the pitch tomorrow.
CB – Pontus Jansson – Hopefully some time off during the international break has helped Jansson recover from some niggles which have been affecting him. Passion and commitment in full show tomorrow and that will be led by this man.
CB – Liam Cooper – Captain. The central defender had one bad game at Cardiff and it was clear how much we missed him a few days later at Hillsborough. A rock this season and now knows he can force his way into the Scotland set-up for the new campaign with some of the older players in his position likely to be left out.
LB – Vurnon Anita – We need to get back to the defence that was coping so well at the start of the season and Anita was part of that. I still think a back three with wing backs could be our best shout but for tomorrow we will keep it tight and get back to basics.
CM – Ronaldo Vieira – It’s time. Why Vieira wasn’t used in either of the last couple of games is anyone’s guess, according to Christiansen he hasn’t been fully fit yet has been on the bench and was behind a player with cracked ribs. He needs to be back in the team going forward, not every week but he has to be utilised.
CM – Eunan O’Kane – The Irish midfielder will want to make sure he nails down a place for the Republic of Ireland in the qualifying play-off and the trip to Russia and only good form for Leeds can guarantee that. One of the only players to have a good excuse for what happened at Wednesday.
RW – Kemar Roofe – Trying to find Roofe’s best position is extremely difficult, sometimes he looks like a 10, a striker and sometime a winger. I would start him from the right tomorrow and have him interchanging with the others in behind the striker. Service to Lasogga will be key.
CAM – Samu Saiz – The key player going into every game for this club at the moment. If he plays well we normally play well and if he can get in between the lines of Reading we could really punish a side that hasn’t really worked out what they are doing yet this season.
LW – Pablo Hernandez – Hopefully getting dropped in the last game will give him a fresh look on things. He hasn’t been performing but he did create some chances off the bench as a sub at Wednesday. Could that be his role, an impact sub? I think he’ll start tomorrow and he needs to perform.
ST – Pierre-Michel Lasogga – Fresh off the player of the month voted by the fans and brimming with confidence it’s important we get him into positions where he can do some damage tomorrow. Creating for him will be so important going forward this season because in terms of viable striker options he seems to be the only one at the moment.