On paper tomorrow is tough, and Queens Park Rangers will wasn’t a repeat of last season, thumping us at Loftus Road and taking a point in the fixture at Elland Road. We have a fully fit squad to choose from which means Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Stuart Dallas should come back into fold, along with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.
GK – Felix Wiedwald – Has come back in and showed why he deserves to be playing. Quality in possession of the ball and hasn’t looked shaky since he was dropped for that reason. Maybe being dropped gave him a kick up the backside, the English leagues not always easy to adapt to.
RB – Luke Ayling – Has been so much better since the international break. I saw a few people giving him some criticism after the Aston Villa game which I didn’t see at all. Before the break I thought he was very poor but back to the Ayling we love since.
CB – Pontus Jansson – He’s back. Such a return to form since he went away with the Swedish national team and was part of the squad that qualified for the World Cup in Russia. Has been a one man wall at times since then and has looked like the Jansson we know, and the best defender in the league when he is in his current form.
CB – Liam Cooper (c) – Another who has improved again since the break and one who was having a disaster beforehand. He has to keep this form up, especially with him leading the side. I keep saying it, this is his chance to break into the Scotland team, and he needs to be more consistent.
LB – Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – A player that I think would add so much to the side. He has waited for his chance and when he played earlier in the season he impressed so much, the Burnley game the only one where he seemed off the pace. I can’t see him hanging around after January and I think we will be making a huge mistake not utilising such a talented player.
CM – Ronaldo Vieira – Back from his ban with a bang. Dominated most of the game against Aston Villa, one of the most experienced midfields in the league, and flew about the pitch leading the team into tackles and high pressure phases. Starts every game for me.
CM – Kalvin Phillips – I thought he played very well against Aston Villa although many disagreed. You either seem to rate him very highly or not at all, he’s that type of player but for me he just has spells of both at the moment. Against Villa I thought he was crucial. Can he do it again though? That’s my only concern.
RW – Gjanni Alioski – Has been like a new player since the break and he is working very hard to come to terms with the physical and mental side of this division. Seeing his old side Lugano play in the Europa League in front of next to no fans makes you realise how much of a step-up this is for him.
CAM – Samu Siaz – Obvious.
LW – Pablo Hernandez – A player who I criticised heavily at the start of the season and I think it was justified. However since he was dropped he has come back much stronger and hungrier, to the point where he is now back as one of the key players in the side.
ST – Caleb Ekuban – The goals will come for Ekuban and I think once the first comes there will be many more after it. Has everything in his locker and can be such a good player for us at this level. We haven’t really created many chances for him, but he has been for others.