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Michael Tonge - The quick fix to Leeds United's problems?

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Should Leeds hand Michael Tonge another chance?

Leeds United's season on the pitch was looking promising a fortnight ago, but two successive defeats to Ipswich and Fulham has them searching for fresh ideas.

They travel to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, and head coach Neil Redfearn has spoken of his desire to change the team around.

He has spoken about the need to add experience to his team, yet there is a player sitting on the sidelines who is able to provide just that.

31-year-old Michael Tonge has played just 32 minutes of football since August, combined across four substitute appearances.

The last of these came via a one minute cameo in the win over Derby, and he has been an unused substitute for the last two games.

The time may be here to consider giving Tonge another chance, and either giving 17-year-old Lewis Cook a break, or resting Tommasso Bianchi.

Tonge knows what is required to win at this level, and has more than 400 career appearances. In a game where Leeds desperately need to dig in and bring back some points from the City Ground, rotating their squad and giving him a chance to prove his worth could be an inspired decision.

With a transfer ban in place, Leeds may have to look to fringe players like Tonge to have an impact, rather than bringing in an entirely new face.

To steady the ship, and provide a quick fix - he could be just what they are looking for.

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