No Morison or Berardi: Is this Leeds United’s best XI right now?

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A look at what could be Neil Redfearn's best Leeds XI.

Leeds United have been in superb form of late, only dropping points against Blackpool - on a terribly conditioned pitch -Nottingham Forest and promotion-chasing Watford.

The Yorkshire side’s impressive displays, however, have come despite a series of injuries affecting Neil Redfearn’s men.

The Leeds boss has had to mix and match as a result - to a strong level of success.

But, if everyone were fit right now, what would Redfearn’s hypothetical best XI be?

The plus for the Elland Road outfit is that anyone who misses out would still offer a great option from the bench. And, in the Championship, of course, rotation is a must anyway.

In terms of a strongest starting XI, though, Leeds could be best served with a back four that has given them a number of clean sheets in Scott Wootton, Sol Bamba, Giuseppe Bellusci and Charlie Taylor. That means Gaetano Berardi - harshly - misses out; but the chemistry developed by the former four was considerable before injuries meant they had to be changed around.

In midfield, Luke Murphy and Rodolph Austin offer considerable steel down the middle, giving Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt (down the left) the freedom to create chances going forward.

Up front, while Billy Sharp can do a job - and Steve Morison has earned plenty of plaudits from Neil Redfearn for the job he does as a lone striker - there is surely only one winner: Leeds’ top scorer this season Mirco Antenucci.

Is this Leeds’ best XI right now?

Silvestri, Taylor, Bellusci, Bamba, Wootton, Austin, Murphy, Mowatt, Cook, Byram, Antenucci.

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