It was a sad state of affairs on Wednesday night and in all honesty it was even worse when I wasn’t surprised. I have gone from feeling awful after defeats to a numb sort of feeling and I just hope the Leeds team that faced Boro turn up tomorrow against a side and club that will want to beat us more than most, it’s West Yorkshire vs South Yorkshire again as we head to Oakwell, and changes will come after a busy week.
GK – Felix Wiedwald – Surely it’s time that Wiedwald was back in the line-up. For me Andy Lonergan was at fault for three of the goals on Wednesday night, certainly the penalty and the free-kick, and I think he should have kept out the second. He has been at fault for more goals in the last three games that Wiedwald in the rest of the season so surely it has to be done. Probably won’t.
RB – Luke Ayling – I’m not to sure what the situation is regarding Vurnon Anita at the moment but I did think that Ayling lifted his game massively against Boro and the main issues were down the side of Berardi at Wolves during the week.
CB – Pontus Jansson – Didn’t have a good game the other night but I think he showed on Sunday if he plays well we stand a chance in any game. I think the lack of a solid partner and goalkeeper, plus full-backs not playing well has thrown him off, and he needs to fins his consistency again.
CB – Conor Shaughnessy – I would honestly play the Irish youngster. He is very good on the ball and seems to enjoy defending. Cooper had a decent game Sunday but realistically his form since the Cardiff game has been shocking. You can’t concede four and keep the same defence, surely something ahs to give.
LB – Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – The left-back has barely had a chance since he arrived at the club but Gaetano Berardi’s form hasn’t been good and he was exposed massively in the trip to Wolves during the week. Borthwick-Jackson offers more going forward and seems to be defensively tight.
CM – Eunan O’Kane – I would probably start Matty Klich in the middle of the pitch but his tweet tonight would suggest that he won’t be involved yet again. His relationship with Thomas Christiansen is clearly fractured and looks beyond repair given his recent posts on social media.
CM – Kalvin Phillips – With Ronaldo Vieira out it means we only have two options, given the situation regarding Klich and Phillips will need to have a game like he did on Sunday. His ability is always in question and the only thing that will stop that is consistency.
RW – Gjanni Alioski – The winger has come into the limelight in the last couple of games, an assist and goal against Boro followed by a very good goal at Wolves means he is in decent form heading into this one. He can certainly get at the back-line of Barnsley tomorrow.
CAM – Samu Saiz – Number one pick on every team-sheet.
LW – Stuart Dallas – Kemar Roofe will need a rest from his role at the front and Hernandez probably after struggling massively at Wolves. We know that Pablo is more effective at Elland Road and he would maybe be best off the bench tomorrow.
ST – Caleb Ekuban – The forward has returned from injury and is one of, if not our best option up front. Pacey and powerful as well as very hungry I think he will be a very good player for us. I expect Lasogga to be back and probably start the game however.