Three Leeds players who can be winners from Christiansen axe and Heckingbottom appointment

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Who benefits from a change in management at Leeds United?

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Millwall and Barnsley at The Den on January 6, 2018 in London, England.

Leeds United have changed managers after a woeful start to 2018.

Thomas Christiansen has departed, with Paul Heckingbottom appointed as his replacement.

Heckingbottom will have his own ideas about the Leeds team and how to improve it. 

Here are three Leeds United players who could benefit from the switch in management.

Ronaldo Vieira

Leeds United's Guinea Bissau midfielder Ronaldo Vieira (L) vies with Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno during the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match...

England youth international Ronaldo Vieira was terrific last season, but he has had a disappointing 2017/18.

He was overlooked by Thomas Christiansen over the past two months of the season, but has struggled for form in recent matches since coming back into the side.

A fresh start will do the 19-year-old good and Heckingbottom has a good record of working with young players at Barnsley

Stuart Dallas

Stuart Dallas of Leeds and Kevin Long of Burnley in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas has made most of his appearances from the bench this season.

He has only made two Championship starts - and the 26-year-old deserves better.

Leeds have not got the best out of Dallas this season as a result of failing to use him properly, with one of his two starts coming at left-back.

Pawel Cibicki

Sweden's forward Pawel Cibicki vies for the ball during the UEFA U-21 European Championship Group A football match Poland v Sweden in Lublin, Poland on June 19, 2017.

Summer signing Pawel Cibicki is another player who has had a difficult season, struggling to make an impact since joining from Malmo.

When he has played, he has shown quality from set pieces, but manager Thomas Christiansen did not believe in him enough to play him regularly.

The 24-year-old provided two assists in wins over QPR and Norwich late last year but fell out of favour after the FA Cup nightmare at Newport. Like Dallas and Vieira, he can benefit from a fresh start.

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