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Three Leeds United players who should start at right-back ahead of Scott Wootton

Leeds United have plenty of options to occupy the right-back slot.

With Charlie Taylor unavailable for Leeds United against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, Whites manager Uwe Rosler opted to switch Gaetano Berardi to the opposite flank and play Scott Wootton on the right side of his defence.

It was a decision that did not go down particularly well with the Elland Road faithful, especially with Sam Byram sitting on the bench until the 78th minute, and here we take a look at three players who are better options than Wootton for Leeds:

Gaetano Berardi

The most obvious option is Berardi who has featured regularly at right-back since Rosler took charge in the summer.

Taylor’s absence obviously meant a switch for the 27-year-old Swiss player but as soon as the former returns, expect Berardi to be back on the opposite flank.

Sam Byram

Whatever the reason for Byram’s omission from Leeds’ starting line-up right now – and we all have our feelings regarding that matter – the simple fact is Rosler is suffering by keeping the talented youngster on the bench.

Byram may not have been performing at his best earlier in the campaign but he created plenty of chances for the players ahead of him and there is absolutely no way Wootton is a better option when both are fit and available, as they were on Saturday.

Lewie Coyle

The time must be coming near when 20-year-old right-back Lewie Coyle gets his chance in Leeds’ senior side.

Byram is too good for the bench but that is exactly the right place for Coyle as he looks to step up, and after praising the youngster in a recent interview with BBC Radio Leeds on Thursday Rosler should now show his faith in another of his talented academy products.

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