It’s experiment time and Paul Heckingbottom knows he has a huge task ahead of him, picking out the players he needs and wants to go forwards and getting rid of dead wood, there’s plenty of it. Tomorrow sees us head down to Reading, one of the underachievers of the season and a meeting with Jaap Stam. Despite their league position they will be more than a match for us so we need to seriously up our levels, pathetic the only way to describe the last week.

My XI

GK – Baily Peacock-Farrell – Little doubt for this one after Wednesday. The man of the match from a Leeds perspective, it could have been a cricket score without him. Everything seemed good, kicking, communication and his shot-stopping. Will have given him some serious confidence and you can’t really drop him after that game.

RB – Gaetano Berardi – Berardi will likely continue at right-back but the whole defence is under scrutiny at the moment and that includes Berardi. We can’t stop leaking goals and that’s from open play and set-pieces, they have to be so much better.

CB – Pontus Jansson – I get the feeling that he is a bit fed up of everything going on at the club. The poor recruitment which has left him with a lack of a decent partner and a dodgy keeper behind him, the fans not singing his name and his form, which is at its lowest point since he joined Leeds. If we are to win then he needs to have a big game.

CB – Matthew Pennington – To be honest if I could pick another centre-back I would, but between him and Liam Cooper they don’t nearly fill that role, combined they don’t even replace the void left by Kyle Bartley. What choice do we have though?

LB – Tom Pearce – Why not? What we do we know about the lad…he’s very talented with the ball, his confidence is high and he can’t do much worse than what Anita and De Bock have done in recent weeks. There is a time and a place to blood kids, and this is one of them for me. Heckingbottom said today, “he has a chance”.

CM – Ronaldo Vieira – Surely it’s time to get him back involved. The central midfield area is the worst I’ve seen in a long time and Vieira will come good, can the same be said for O’Kane and Phillips?

CM – Adam Forshaw – One of the most honest and passionate interviews I’ve heard from a Leeds player for a few years, genuinely feeling the pain of what’s happening, others clearly aren’t. The first name on the team-sheet for me and I would also give him the captaincy. A player others need to follow.

RW – Gjanni Alioski – Stuart Dallas hasn’t really hit the heights to stay in the side although I do think he’s been one of the better players. Alioksi and Dallas are now fighting for one position with Pablo Hernandez back involved, Alioksi may just want to prove a point.

FW – Samu Saiz – Has been terrible the last two games, uninterested and bored. This is very frustrating because we know how important he is. I would like to see him stay further forward tomorrow because he isn’t impacting the game from deep at all.

LW – Pablo Hernandez – I’m so glad he’s back, we need him in this side more than ever. The rumours are that he is heading back to Spain with his partner who is expecting so this could be the final run for Pablo Hernandez at Leeds United. Crucial he drops in and makes the midfield a solid 4 tomorrow, Reading love to keep the ball.

ST – Caleb Ekuban – In Sunday League you are taught that the first line of defence is attack, you defend from the front, and we aren’t. Lasogga doesn’t, Saiz doesn’t, Ekuban does. We need someone who will run and work hard for the team and Ekuban is that player.

  

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Born in Gibraltar, raised in Scotland from a very young age. Been a huge fan of Leeds United since I could walk and talk, thanks to my Dad, the English half of me. After a few years in Australia I moved to Leeds, the trips from Scotland down to the city a few times a season didn't cut it. Love the city. Love the people, and the 12 hour round trip to Elland Road is about a 20 minute round trip. Love writing about the club, the more I write the more I feel comfortable doing it. As long as it's enjoyable I'll continue to do so, keep looking to step it up and progress as well. Leeds United is more than just a football team for me, as is it with so many others.

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