Doukara suspended - Should Milanic roll the dice and take a risk?

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Leeds United boss Darko Milanic can play it safe with Billy Sharp or Steve Morison or take a risk with Brian Montenegro this weekend.

Soulemayne Doukara is suspended for the match against Wolves, which means he won’t get a chance to back up his important goal against Norwich City.

Darko Milanic is still on the hunt for his first win as Leeds United manager and he’s been given a problem by Doukara’s fifth booking of the season.

Leeds have a hole in attack and while Doukara’s absence is a blow, it means a chance for another player to step up.

One option is Billy Sharp; a feisty, hard working forward who will run the frontline well and try to create opportunities for the midfield to feed him passes as well as creating space for others to exploit.

The problem Milanic has with Sharp is that he hasn’t started a game since the 3-1 win at Bournemouth under Neil Redfearn.

He could be a little rusty in terms of match fitness because he’s been confined to substitute appearances ever since.

Considering the pressure which currently surrounds Milanic and the need for the team to register three points and consolidate in the top half of the table, the boss may not take this choice.

The alternative is Steve Morison but he hasn’t started a game all season creating similar problems in terms of match sharpness.

However, Morison offers a different threat as a striker who can hold the ball up effectively in attack while looking to bring others into the game.

Wolves are one of the best pass and move sides in the Championship and there could be occasions where Leeds need to release the pressure quickly and that’s where Morison comes in.

A riskier decision Milanic could make is handing a chance to Brian Montenegro, a summer signing who has been confined to the youth team ranks so far this season.

He’s been working hard and he’s stayed out of the headlines, seemingly preferring to let his boots do the talking.

The step up from under-21 to senior level is huge but it’s a risk that could pay off and give the side an exciting new dimension because Wolves won’t know a great deal about him.

Montenegro has also had the chance to play alongside Adryan for the under-21 side, which has already given the pair a chance to work on a connection and build a relationship in attack.

Milanic has played it safe since he arrived as head coach and he’s still searching for a win. Sharp and Morison are the safe options but Montenegro could be a good, different and exciting option.

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