Wield the axe: Four players Leeds United need to drop after Brentford defeat

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds United must ring the changes for their clash with Preston this weekend.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds United sunk to defeat at Brentford last night, their second defeat in the space of four days.

They remain in the play-off places but this weekend's fixture at home to Preston North End is a must win.

Garry Monk will need to shake up his side, and there are a number of players whose position is not safe.

Here are four players Monk should consider dropping...

Gaetano Berardi

Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi in action with Brentford's Sergi CanosLeeds United's Gaetano Berardi in action with Brentford's Sergi Canos

Swiss defender Gaetano Berardi has played well in 2017, but isn't it time Leeds start their best left-back Charlie Taylor on a regular basis?

Taylor's contract situation may be a concern, but he is the better player than Berardi and offers more from an attacking perspective.

He is also fresher than Berardi having sat out much of this calendar year, and Leeds should give Berardi a break.

Kalvin Phillips

Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak in action with Leeds' Kalvin PhillipsAston Villa's Mile Jedinak in action with Leeds' Kalvin Phillips

Kalvin Phillips is a bright talent, but he is inconsistent, and Leeds simply have too much talent sitting on the bench.

Eunan O'Kane and Ronaldo Vieira are better options, especially with Leeds' next fixture being at home and the onus being upon them to attack.

Pablo Hernandez

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United in action with Uwe Hunemeier of Brighton and Hove AlbionPablo Hernandez of Leeds United in action with Uwe Hunemeier of Brighton and Hove Albion

It should be time up for the Spanish playmaker, who has struggled to effect games in recent weeks.

Kemar Roofe is a more unpredictable option who deserves a chance to play in arguably his best position behind the striker.

He is raring to go and scored one of his goals earlier this season against Preston, it might be the ideal time to put him back in.

Mo Barrow

Kyle Bartley and Mo Barrow of Leeds United appeal to referee Jeremy Simpson for a hand ballKyle Bartley and Mo Barrow of Leeds United appeal to referee Jeremy Simpson for a hand ball

It was about time Leeds gave loanee Mo Barrow a chance to show what he can do, but he did not produce on his first start.

Alfonso Pedraza was brighter when he came on, and he has made greater progress since signing on loan in January.

Leeds have no time to waste in letting Barrow get up to speed, and must play their best team against Preston. Pedraza should be part of that.

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