Three Leeds players that could suffer after Christiansen sacking

Thomas Christiansen, Manager of Leeds United arrives prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on January 7, 2018 in Newport,...

Leeds have decided to sack manager Thomas Christiansen.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen leaves the field during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich,...

Leeds United have announced on their official website that they have decided to end Thomas Christiansen's reign as manager at Elland Road - and a number of senior players will be quaking in their boots over their game time.

Winless in seven, losing five of those including a 2-1 FA Cup loss to League Two side Newport County, and four red cards in their last five games - it has all fallen apart for the Spanish boss.

Now, a handful of players that were considered mainstays under Christiansen will be worried their place in the team is under threat when a new manager is announced at Elland Road. Here are three players at the top of that list:

Pierre-Michel Lasogga

Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Leeds United celebrates after scoring  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road on January 20, 2018 in Leeds, England.

It has been a difficult season for the target man, and although he has shown in glimpses what he is capable of - such as a superb double against Millwall - his form has simply lacked consistency.

His pedigree suggested so much more. Christiansen gave the German every chance, but now the 26-year-old could find himself banished from the first team when a less forgiving manager takes to the helm at Elland Road.

Ezgjan Alioski

Ezgjan Alioski (L) of Leeds United moves the ball past Hull City's Ola Aina (R) during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Leeds United at the KCOM Stadium on January 30,...

An alarming stat from Christiansen's reign is his trust in summer signing Alioski. The Macedonia international has started 28 of Leeds' 30 Championship outings - but has scored just five goals with four coming in a row during November.

Other than that, the 25-year-old has struggled for consistency in England. His determination is undoubted, but his quality and actual influence in the final third should be. A new manager will surely drop the former FC Lugano left-footer.

Liam Cooper

Liam Cooper of Millwall is sent off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road on January 20, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Leeds have a worrying lack of centre-backs at the moment. The injury to Conor Shaughnessy has been compounded by Gaetano Berardi and Cooper's red cards. Club captain, Cooper's excellent 2017-18 start is beginning to diminish.

His recent form has been summed up by his red card against Millwall, and with all centre-backs fit, surely the new Leeds boss would consider Matthew Pennington and Pontus Jansson as first choice.

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