Two weeks away was probably the best thing for us because if this game had been on the Tuesday after Brentford, or any game for that matter we would have probably lost. The run didn’t look like ending but tomorrow it has to, because if it carries on and we have Wolves away on Tuesday we are in bigger trouble than the layers and head-coach think. Anyway on to the game, which is very winnable, here’s what I would go for.
GK – Felix Wiedwald – For me this is a no brainer. Lonergan will probably start but if Christiansen is consistent in what he is doing then he has to drop Lonergan who had a nightmare and cost us the game at Brentford. We need to stop hoofing the ball as well and Wiedwald’s distribution was his strongest point. He needs to be stronger and braver but for me he has to be back in the team.
RB – Vurnon Anita – I wouldn’t play Ayling for this game because up against Adama Traoure, in the form Ayling is in a dread to think what could happen. Players who have been playing extremely poor should be dropped for a game or two, Ayling is probably the only one so far that hasn’t, along with Kalvin Phillips. Almost a guarantee that Ayling will start though.
CB – Conor Shaughnessy – I would 100% be putting the young Irish defender back in the side. None of the other three centre-backs have been playing anywhere near the standard needed and have been awful when in possession of the ball. He’s our best ball-playing defender, get him in.
CB – Pontus Jansson – Has been underperforming for a while but hopefully the trip with Sweden has screwed his head back on. Needs to be playing much better to make sure he ends up in Russia next year, without him playing well we look dreadful and exposed.
LB – Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – He has to be in the side in the near future. The stubbornness of Christiansen has been obvious with a number of issues and not playing a left-back at left-back is one of them. Easily the most talented and natural player for that position.
CDM – Ronaldo Vieira – Along with Saiz, easiest decision on the park.
CM – Eunan O’Kane – Of all the players wanting to prove a point tomorrow this man will be at the front of the queue and wanting to make sure Monk knows O’Kane is on that pitch. The relationship clearly broke down in the end and tomorrow he needs to get his and Leeds’ season back on track, must improve his performances.
RW – Stuart Dallas – Needs to be getting run in the side now, I don’t know how bad others have to play for him to get a chance. His work rate and direct style will help us get up and back down the park and hopefully he will get the chance to make an impression tomorrow.
LW – Pablo Hernandez – His ability to create space for Saiz has been missing sorely in recent weeks. He was dropped for good reason, he wasn’t playing well but he has been replaced by players who are doing even worse. Get him back in the side tomorrow, someone who won’t hide even when playing poor.
CAM – Samu Saiz – If he plays well we have a big chance of winning the game. He needs players to want to help him though, rather tan hiding when he gets it.
ST – Kemar Roofe – He made a big difference when he came on against Brentford and playing the ball to feet is always the best way to play if we can. I’m sure it will be Lasogga but with Ekuban back in the fold it needs to be better displays because he is probably our best option when he’s fit.