Playing Brian Montenegro wide for Leeds United could be an unexpected masterstroke

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Why it is time Leeds United gave a chance to Brian Montenegro out wide.

Leeds United need wide-men, of that there is no doubt. But until they are able to bring in suitable additions, manager Neil Redfearn must utilise what he has at his disposal.

While Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook have seized the chances given to them in midfield, and Charlie Taylor has quickly proved there is life after Stephen Warnock, there is another young player who could solve one of Leeds’ biggest problems right now.

While Mowatt and Billy Sharp are two of the players to have recently been played out wide, and there is a case to be made for Souleymane Doukara, Mirco Antenucci and loanee Adryan to all be tested on the wing, there is a left-field alternative that could prove to be a masterstroke.

Brian Montenegro may have only played three times for Leeds this season, featuring for just three minutes in the Championship and 88 minutes in the FA Cup, but he has shown enough in the under-21s to suggest he could be a highly effective option from the flank if called upon.

It would be a risk, but Redfearn has proved he is not averse to those and has often seen his young players blossom as a result.

Billy Sharp proved ineffective when played out wide and until someone new arrives, the Leeds boss may need to think outside the box.

If he does and Montenegro is given a chance, Redfearn could just see better supply from wide positions and more goals for some of his misfiring front-men.

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