Dean Ashton brands Leeds United boss' team selection as madness

West Ham United's Dean Ashton in action against Blackburn Rovers' Steven Reid (R)

Leeds United boss criticised by former Premier League striker.

Former Premier League striker Dean Ashton has criticised Leeds United's team selection for their EFL Cup quarter-final with Liverpool.

Already without unavailable key men Pontus Jansson, Pablo Hernandez, and Liam Bridcutt, Leeds boss Garry Monk decided to drop top goalscorer Chris Wood to the bench.

Second choice striker Marcus Antonsson was also rested, with Souleymane Doukara leading the line.

Leeds were playing a last eight tie against Liverpool at Anfield, a dream game for many of the players involved.

Defender Luke Ayling was among the regular starters to be dropped, along with veteran goalkeeper Rob Green.

Dean Ashton, a former West Ham and Norwich City star, commented on Twitter to note that if he would be fuming if he was in Chris Wood's position, and branded Garry Monk's decisions as 'madness'.

Leeds boss Garry Monk made clear before kick-off that the game was not a priority, with their promotion aspirations their most serious objective.

The Whites were keen not to disgrace themselves on the big stage, while with Liverpool missing big names themselves, Monk felt confident he could take the gamble.

Leeds went on to lose the game 2-0 with Liverpool scoring two late goals from Divock Origi and Ben Woodburn.

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