The league table doesn’t show how good the opposition are for tomorrow’s game. Brentford (in my opinion) are still one of the sides who will make the play-offs despite losing a couple of their stand-out players during the summer window. We head their facing the prospect of a 7th loss in 9, or a much needed win, something that Thomas Christiansen has said himself is needed.
GK – Andy Lonergan – It will be a game where he has to be on his toes because the home side will shoot on site when they get into the final third. He also needs to make sure the ball isn’t given away easily at the back and offer for the defenders when we are under pressure.
RB – Vurnon Anita – I am a huge fan of Luke Ayling and I wouldn’t normally leave him out but he looks like a rest would benefit him. He is the only player to feature in every single game in league and cup this season and he has cost the team in recent weeks.
CB – Pontus Jansson – Played well the other night although he looked short on confidence at times early on. He is due to have a game where nothing gets past him and that would be perfect timing for a trip to red-hot Brentford tomorrow.
CB – Liam Cooper – Needs to push on now after a stop-start few weeks and he has more reason than most to start impressing again. New manager at Scotland and Cooper is in the side, along with two ageing centre-backs, this is his chance to impress on TV. More importantly he is the captain of Leeds United.
LB – Gaetano Berardi – If Borthwick-Jackson was fit I would be starting him without a doubt. To be honest if I could fit Shaughnessy in this side I would but I think given the importance of the game it’s the time for Jansson and Cooper to get a grip of themselves and the team and pull us through. Berardi needs to keep his head.
CDM – Ronaldo Vieira – His performance was spoiled by others the other night and if he performs like that again we won’t be too far off getting a result. We have been very competitive since he came back into the side despite two losses in three games.
CM – Eunan O’Kane – Was better the other night and was very powerful in backing Thomas Christiansen at the press conference today. He needs to start getting a hold of games like he was doing at the start of the season and tomorrow the physical side of things shouldn’t overwhelm us, Brentford are tactical based.
CM – Matty Klich – It’s surely time to give him a run in the side. I think Phillips will start but I would like to see us shake things up so Brentford don’t know what to expect. Balls into feet would be ideal for Pablo Hernandez and Samu Saiz and Klich is that sort of player.
LAM – Samu Saiz – The playmaker may well get marked out of the game if he plays in the central role so a bit like Bristol City play him from the left but in a free role so he can drift inside. With Pablo Hernandez on the pitch he would have more time and space to produce the goods.
RAM – Pablo Hernandez – He would be swapping with Saiz throughout the game but I think we need him simply to free up the Spanish forward. We need more composure on the ball, and I don’t mean nutmegs I mean quick and short passing.
ST – Pierre-Michel Lasogga – I didn’t think he was lazy or lacking in movement on Tuesday at all despite what people have said since. I though he put himself about and won many headers, others just weren’t getting in behind him to get onto the second ball.