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Ones to watch: Leeds United

Posted: Tue 14 Feb 2017
Author: Ed Lewis
Ones to watch

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Three key players for tonight's opponents.

  • looks at three key players who could feature for Leeds United
  • City face the Whites at Elland Road this evening (7.45pm)
  • Wood, Hernandez and Ayling are all profiled 
Chris Wood

With 21 goals to his name this term, the front man has played a pivotal part in firing Leeds into play-off contention. Scooping January's Championship Player of the Month award, the prolific striker, who leads the Whites’ goalscoring charts by some distance, is full of confidence and a player feared by many Championship sides. Having netted seven times in his last seven outings, the former Ashton Gate loanee captured the attention of several Premier League clubs in the recent January window. However, the £15m price tag attached to the 25-year-old warned off any potential interest, and having retained his services at Elland Road, Leeds will be hopeful Wood’s form will assist them in securing promotion to the Premier League.

Pablo Hernandez

The Spanish attacking midfielder joined the Whites initially on loan from Al-Abrabi, before penning a permanent deal in January. The 31-year-old, featured alongside and worked under Garry Monk during his spell at Swansea City, and plays a key role in Monk’s promotion hopeful Leeds side. The vastly-experienced Hernandez arrived at Elland Road with over 130 La Liga appearances and four full international caps, with his knowledge of the game and natural ability making him a fan favourite. The Castellón-born Hernandez, who can operate as a winger, has scored three goals this campaign and created 60 chances in 21 Championship appearances, making him a real threat going forward.

Luke Ayling

A familiar face amongst City supporters, Ayling departed Ashton Gate for Elland Road in the summer. Having played 95 times for the BS3 outfit and being the only outfield ever-present in City’s double-winning campaign, the defender’s form has continued in Yorkshire. Playing as both a right-back and a centre-back, the 25-year-old’s versatility makes him by default one of Monk’s most important players. The defender has made a massive impact since his arrival and many of the Leeds faithful are tipping him to be one of the best signings of the season. Having suffered defeat against Lee Johnson’s side in the reverse fixture, Ayling will be desperate to take three points from his former employers tonight, and help the Whites in their quest for promotion.