Leeds United should consider changing to a 3-5-2 formation

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With the return of Sol Bamba and an injury to Gaetano Berardi Leeds United could change things up.

Leeds United take on Wolves this evening and there is now a real school of thought that the club should utilise a 3-5-2 formation for the tie.

So what are the implications of such a formation?

The talk appears to have come about due to the return to fitness of Sol Bamba and injury suffered to Gaetano Berardi.

With Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci in good form and Sam Byram proving defensively worrying at times this season 3-5-2 makes sense.

Bamba, Cooper and Bellusci could form a brilliant triumvirate whilst Byram and Charlie Taylor are almost custom made to play the wing-back role.

The main questions that then come up are who form the three in midfield and what do Leeds do with Stuart Dallas?

Liam Bridcutt's defensive qualities cannot be overlooked and the obvious answer is to then pop Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt in front of him - controlling things going forward from the middle of the park with Tom Adeyemi on the bench.

Logic would suggest Mirco Antenucci up front with Chris Wood but Dallas and Wood might be a more potent link-up - with the Northern Irishman's work-rate freeing up Wood to focus on scoring goals.

It would be a gamble, but there is no doubt that a 3-5-2 formation could work for Leeds going forward.

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