Tomorrow gives some of the fringe players a chance to impress Thomas Christiansen in a very tough away game at the King Power. The home side have no manager so in theory they are vulnerable, but a win at Swansea City in such a high-stakes game showed they are anything but, and to progress we will need to pull something out of the bag.
GK – Andy Lonergan – I think Felix Wiedwald will start but personally I would go with Lonergan just to get him up to speed. Games for goalkeepers isn’t an issue in terms of burning out and Lonergan has been steady so deserves to keep his place for the visit of Sheffield United on Friday night.
RB – Luke Ayling (c) – I would keep Ayling at right-back and give him the armband for the game. He was much better on Saturday and he doesn’t seem to be effected by the amount of games thrown our way. The reason that I wouldn’t play Anita at the back will become clear as I move forward.
CB – Pontus Jansson – Dropped on Saturday, rightly to be honest and wasn’t missed. I can’t see him having a long stint on the bench but I can’t see him getting a start on Friday night so this game will be one I’m sure he will play. He will have to be at his best.
CB – Conor Shaughnessy – 100% starter for this game in my opinion. I think in terms of development he needs to be playing as much as we can because his potential is as high as any currently breaking into the first-team, including those out on loan.
LB – Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – A player who will probably return to his parent club in January. I can’t see how he lost his place in the side after such a good start but he did and he doesn’t seem to have reacted well. Should get some minutes tomorrow.
CM – Matesuz Klich – I’m disappointed that we haven’t seen more of Klich so far this season but I do feel he has much to offer. He’s been very good in cup games and his slip at Cardiff was just unfortunate, nine times out of ten he turns and plays the pass, who knows what happens from that point until now.
CM – Vurnon Anita – Not only is he familiar with this position but he has played it at Premier League level so stepping in shouldn’t be a huge issue. The other three, including Vieira should all start on Friday and I wouldn’t risk them, especially Vieira who would have to play his energetic role three times in less than a week.
RW – Hadi Sacko – Has forced his way back into the side and hopefully he can show more of the form he did when he made a very positive impact off the bench at home to Reading. Will probably start tomorrow and depending how he feels could be a key player.
CAM – Pablo Hernandez – Shouldn’t be starting for a few games at least after dreadful performances recently but this could well be a game where he shines. Up against players who are more positionally aware rather than chasing for the sake of it, so will have time, all about what he does with the ball. Important player to make us tick in a game like this.
LW – Pawel Cibicki – The forward thinking player has barely had a kick since arriving from Malmo FF and he needs some chances to see how he does. He should have been an option from the bench when we were out of ideas against Reading but Christiansen chose not to play him.
ST – Kemar Roofe – I can’t see this being the team at all really, I think Jay-Roy Grot will start up front, a player who has been brought on in nearly every game and hasn’t shown a thing to convince any of us he is up for the challenge at Leeds United (yet).