Leeds regular faces an uphill battle to get back into Christiansen’s starting XI

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Ahead of Wednesday’s tough trip away to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Thomas Christiansen confirmed that Pierre-Michel Lasogga was a doubt for the match.

The German striker missed Saturday’s morale-boosting win over former boss Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough through illness allowing Kemar Roofe to lead the line for the Whites.

Roofe’s display showed the attributes Leeds have been missing in recent weeks; pace, dribbling, determination, and although he didn’t score, his work off the ball proved to be invaluable as the Whites went on to dictate the game.

Leeds loannee Lasogga came under fire for his lack of effort during games and rightly so, as the amount of closing and chasing he did when Leeds were out of possession was just simply unacceptable.

In Roofe and Caleb Ekuban, who has just recovered from a foot injury, Thomas Christiansen has two quality forwards who work very hard, and although it’s a striker’s job to score goals, their linkup-play and closing off the ball can be just as important when it comes to picking up points.

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Christiansen confirmed Lasogga was a doubt ahead of Leeds’s trip to the league leaders.

However, he also had some good news after stating that Cameron-Borthwick Jackson had recovered from his injury, and that Stuart Dallas was fit for the clash after returning from International duty with Northern Ireland.

Mateusz Klich and Pawel Cibicki weren’t involved in the squad again on Sunday, but the pair will be pushing for recalls as they bide their time for a spot in the eighteen.

With those the only absentees from last weekend’s squad, Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe will undoubtedly keep their spots in the starting eleven after inspiring the Whites to victory over the man that brought them to the club – Garry Monk.

Past meetings

The last time these sides met at Molineux was last season where Hadi Sacko’s drive and determination was awarded with an own goal which proved to be the deciding factor in the game.

Leeds’s last five away games against Wolves has seen two losses, two wins and a draw, and although it was a loss, the best spectacle between the two sides was when Neil Redfearn was the head coach in a 4-3 loss in 2015.

Nouha Dicko struck a major blow in the Whites play-off push during the last campaign after he scored the only goal of the game to condemn Leeds to a rare 1-0 home defeat.

Given Wanderers’ form of late as well as the financial backing they’ve received over the summer, Wednesday will prove to be an incredibly tough ask for Christiansen and his players but although a point would be a more than welcome result from the match, the Leeds will be hoping to cause an upset and go on a good run of results.