Don’t change what isn’t broken, and that is the case for tomorrow but we have both Stuart Dallas and Pierre-Michel Lasogga will both be coning back into the fold potentially so you could argue that things could be shaken up. Do they need to? Not for me but we also have the luxury of Caleb Ekuban who made his return on Sunday.
GK – Andy Lonergan – I wouldn’t have started him on Sunday because I don’t think he is the best goalkeeper at the club but he did ok, despite his very poor kicking and there would be no reason to drop him based on Sunday. He seriously has to work on how to kick a ball straight and be more commanding from corners. I think this area of the team needs addressing.
RB – Luke Ayling – Had a very good game on Sunday but was at the heart of the most controversial moments of the afternoon. Was flattened for the penalty before he then gave the foul away which was arguably the worst penalty decision I have seen at Elland Road, and I’ve seen a few and was behind Ayala when he basically punched Berardi. Much better overall and didn’t get caught out of position.
CB – Pontus Jansson – I would go as far as to say that was the best performance I have seen from Jansson at Elland Road. Was incredible and led the team and the fans to the three points. If he plays like that every week we will be very hard to beat. His passion and aggression ran through the team and we needed it so badly.
CB – Liam Cooper – The best I have seen Cooper play since the early part of the season. He seemed to lead us falling apart at Cardiff and since then he hasn’t been the same player. Led by Jansson he threw his body on the line over and over on Saturday, just needs to be more careful when clearing and passing the ball, he can’t keep putting us under pressure.
LB – Gaetano Berardi – The Swiss full-back was much better on Sunday and I was most impressed with how he dealt with Adama Traore who for me is the best winger in this division when he is at his best. Every time he got going we stopped him in his tracks, fairly and unfairly but he was stopped and we got the points.
CM – Ronaldo Vieira – Along with one or two others this lad is the first name on the team-sheet an hour before kick-off every time he is fit to play. Christiansen has realised how influential the youngster can be, and dropped one of his favourites O’Kane in order to keep Vieira in the side on Sunday.
CM – Kalvin Phillips – I think come Saturday lunch time we will have to make some changes and perhaps Phillips will be rested because three games in six days means tiredness will set in not long after the kick-off at Oakwell in an intense Yorkshire Derby. Was so much better on Sunday, now we need that consistency from him.
RW – Gjanni Alioski – Alioski was crucial on Sunday and it was easily the best I have seen him in a home game and arguably any game since he came to Leeds. He needs to back it up against the league leaders tomorrow and it won’t be easy. The Wolves full-backs will bomb on and leave grass that Alioski can run into on the break if he times it well.
CAM – Samu Saiz – The first name on every team sheet, closely followed by Vieira and Jansson. So important to Leeds United.
LW – Pablo Hernandez – What has become obvious over the last month or so is that even when Pablo Hernandez has a bad game he helps free up room for our most important player going forward, Samu Saiz. He was so much better on Sunday than he has been since the start of the season and made such a positive impact. He may be rested tomorrow or Saturday.
ST – Kemar Roofe – You can’t really drop Roofe after his performance on Sunday and that is how I feel about the entire team. I think Ekuban should start one of the next two games because Roofe can’t do what he did for two more games before the end of the weekend.