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3 danger men Leeds United must watch out for during Barnsley clash

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Leeds United will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Championship when they head to Oakwell on Sunday to face Barnsley.

The Whites tasted defeat in the league for the first time during their last outing against Swansea City despite dominating vast sways of the game at Elland Road.

Having won their their three previous away fixtures, the Whites will unquestionably enter their clash with Barnsley as overwhelming favourites.

The Tykes, who achieved promotion from League One under manager Daniel Stendel last season, have experienced a tough start to the 2019/20 Championship campaign.

Since securing an unlikely victory over Fulham on the opening day of the season, Barnsley have only amassed two points from their last five games.

Currently 21st in the Championship standings, it seems as if Sunday’s showdown with Leeds will be somewhat of a mismatch given that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in the top-three.

However, when you consider that Stendel has a squad at his disposal which is brimming with talent, the Whites could be in for a tough afternoon at Oakwell.

Keeping this in mind, here are three Barnsley danger men who Leeds must watch out for at the weekend…

Mallik Wilks

Certainly no stranger to Leeds fans, Mallik Wilks left Elland Road earlier this summer to join Barnsley following a lack of first-team opportunities under manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Since making the switch to the Tykes, the winger has produced a number of promising performances in the second-tier.

Whilst he has only found the back of the net on one occasion this season, Wilks could end up terrorising the likes of Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski by using his abundance of pace on the counter-attack on Sunday.

Mamadou Thiam

Since joining Barnsley in 2017 from French side Dijon, Mamadou Thiam has been a mainstay in their starting eleven.

After helping the club secure an immediate return to the second-tier earlier this year by featuring in all 46 of their league clashes, the winger has made seven appearances this season.

As well being more than capable in-front of goal having scored seven goals during the previous campaign, Thiam also possesses a real eye for a pass.

Whilst he has not been on top-form in recent weeks, he has the potential to cause a lot of damage for Leeds and thus it is paramount that Bielsa’s men keep him quiet.

Conor Chaplin

Brought in by Stendel from Coventry City for an undisclosed fee in July (via BBC Sport), Conor Chaplin has made a steady start to life in the second tier for Barnsley.

Currently the Tykes’ first-choice striker, the 22-year-old will be determined to add to the goal that he scored against Charlton Athletic last month at the weekend.

A clever player who is always looking to run in behind opposition defences, Chaplin will have to be marshalled sufficiently by Ben White and Liam Cooper if Leeds are to emerge victorious at Oakwell.

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