It had to happen didn’t it? Players have been dropped, and he has changed the shape of the side and finally it looks like we can play more than one way. Even if the result doesn’t go our way we have some other plans for the side, and it feels refreshing, although some big names have been left out.
Pontus Jansson has been dropped for Matthew Pennington, Pablo Hernandez for Ronaldo Vieira and Kemar Roofe for Gjanni Alioski. It looks like a 4-3-3, with Saiz and Alioski playing in wider roles and one up front. Lasogga will lead the line and Vieira is back, finally after weeks of fans chanting his name and everyone but Christiansen thinking he should play. The big shock is Pontus Jansson who knows he has been very poor and he makes way for youngster Pennington who will want to perform and take his chance. If he plays well he will stay in the side, simple as that. He will partner skipper Liam Cooper, and Jansson who admitted he has been poor will be disappointed to sit on the bench.
In the midfield we now have a three that will surely fight and win battles. Ronaldo Vieira is the most aggressive footballer at the club, but aggressive in a positive way. He hasn’t played much football at all this season and he knows this is a huge chance for him to show Thomas Christiansen why he should be starting every single week, nearly everyone who follows Leeds thinks it and this is a big opportunity against an in-form side who will be very physical. Vieira is in there to win the ball back and battle, O’Kane to play the ball and Phillips to support the front players, who are playing in a different way. Alioski and Saiz will probably play a bit wider and Saiz will stay higher up the park.
We asked for changes, we have them. Big game today.