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3 Leeds United players from the Monk-era that would walk into the class of 2019/20

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Leeds United are looking to end a 16-year exile from the Premier League this season, with Marcelo Bielsa’s men in prime position to return to the top-tier. 

The Whites made the Championship play-offs for the first time since 2006 last term, losing out to Derby County in an epic second-leg contest at Elland Road.

Prior to last season’s third-placed finish, United’s highest finishes came in 2010-2011 and 2016-2017 where they finished in seventh place in both campaigns.

The most recent of those seventh-place finishes came under the management of Garry Monk, in the now Sheffield Wednesday manager’s single-season in charge at Elland Road.

After failing to win any of their last five games, United ended the 2016-2017 season in seventh place, on 75 points, a tally which would have seen the Whites qualify for the play-offs in five of the previous six campaigns.

Despite Marcelo Bielsa’s current crop of Leeds United stars flying high in the Championship, there are certainly some faces from Monk’s stint in charge that would fit into the current side.

Here we list three players from the Monk era that would walk into the current Leeds United side…

Chris Wood 

After arriving from Leicester City in the summer of 2015, Wood had a steady start to life at Elland Road.

The New Zealand international netted 13 times in 36 league appearances for the Whites in his debut season with the club, under the management of Uwe Rosler and then Steve Evans.

The following season, the 28-year-old was the standout player under Garry Monk, scoring 27 goals in 44 league goals as the Whites just missed out on the play-offs.

His form over the 2016-2017 season would see him earn a move to Burnley, where he has been the Clarets’ top goalscorer in all competitions in both of his two full seasons at Turf Moor.

With the lack of chance conversion so often being United’s undoing this term, there is no doubt Wood would slot right into Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Charlie Taylor

Another player who would end up at Turf Moor following the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season, is left-back Charlie Taylor.

Taylor made his Leeds debut back in September 2011 when he was still only 17, and would go onto make 104 appearances for the Whites.

Fans were always impressed at Taylor’s ability to run at the opposition and to feed exciting balls into the danger area.

Although Stuart Dallas is doing an admirable job at left-back this term, United’s only natural left-back Barry Douglas is seemingly out-of-favour at Elland Road.

With this in mind, Taylor would surely stake his claim for a place in United’s side.

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Rob Green 

Now retired, Green turned out in all 46 of Monk’s league games in charge at Elland Road after arriving on a one-year contract in the summer of 2016.

After a rocky start to life in LS11, Green kept 15 clean-sheets for the Whites and produced a memorable penalty save against Monk’s current club Sheffield Wednesday in a 1-0 Whites victory.

Current Whites goalkeeper Kiko Casilla had come under some recent scrutiny from the United faithful in the past few weeks and with United’s second-choice goalkeeper devoid of Championship experience, Green’s experience could come in handy for the promotion run-in.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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