The Wolves game was a disaster and a joke, but hopefully it will serve as an extremely last-ditch wake up call for the squad and Garry Monk. We’ve been stagnating for some time now, despite the results not being too terrible. Things have happened like Newcastle, where although we had the beauty of a last minute goal, all that did was paper over the cracks of a poor performance. That was our first shot on target in that game, Newcastle are in the same league as us, it’s not an FA Cup giant killing type game. Newcastle aren’t even playing well at the minute, they lost to Ipswich 3-1 today and lost to Sheffield Wednesday a few weeks ago too. We’ve won 2 of our last 8, this is simply not acceptable. Leeds need to understand that although it’s an achievement to be where we are, we’ve been in the playoffs since November so we’re not just going to roll over and be happy with 7th.
Changes need to be made, we haven’t won away since Birmingham and we go to Burton next, who are fighting for their lives. These are the changes I propose:
Play Charlie Taylor at left-back
Play Ronaldo Vieira and Eunan O’Kane
Drop Pablo Hernandez
Drastic? Maybe. Needed? Definitely. I love Gaetano Berardi as much as the next guy, but Charlie Taylor offers us a lot more going forward and is probably the best left-back in the league, he makes a difference. I’m a big Kalvin Phillips fan and although I don’t think it’s his fault at all, I believe Eunan and Ronaldo would be the best partnership now. I’m not sure what’s gone on with O’Kane who was our best midfielder for a long stretch, he’ll be out of match fitness but he’s worth a go anyway. He’s been promoted before, we need that experience. If either of those can’t play, then Kalvin should, the Preston game was the perfect example of how good he is, Bridcutt makes everyone look bad at the minute. Finally, I know Hernandez has ridiculous talent but in away games especially, he needs dropping. Roofe is brilliant in the number 10 role and he provides the energy away from home that Pablo can’t. If we win our three games, we make the playoffs. Get into them Leeds.