The Lions have just finished off their pre season schedule and with less then a week till the first competitive game, boss Kenny Jackett will have the big dilemma regarding his starting XI to play against Crawley in the League Cup, with some positions easier to fill then others.

With goalie David Forde away on international duty with Republic Of Ireland on the day of the game, golden oldie Maik Taylor will surely be in goal for the game, no fan will have a problem with that due to him now being considered as ‘Wall’s number one.

In the left back position it will surely be new signing Scott Malone, from pre-season games seems a strong defender with a good attacking intent. This can also be said for Jack Smith who should be starting at right back. Centre back could like slightly different.

Shane Lowry should play but with captain Paul Robinson not having played a minute of pre-season due to injury, new signing Karleigh Osborne could play, despite him being mostly unimpressed in friendlies, also meaning that if he plays, Osborne will want to stake his place in the team even more.

And now there is even more competition in midfield. New signing Chris Taylor will play on the left, after 3 goals in 2 pre-season games he will relish the challenge of the Championship.

It’s likely that it’ll be 2 from 3 for the centre midfield places with Liam Trotter, Josh Wright and Jimmy Abdou. Jackett will most likely play Jimmy Abdou due to both Wright and Trotter being both very attacking players. I’d personally pick Wright over Trotter due to his form with Abdou at the end of last season.

And the right Wing position most likely being given the position due to his end of last season form. But after strong pre-season form which saw him scouted for a Northern Ireland call up, Liam Feeney will surely have something to say about that. But Henry is more then likely to play the game.

There are plenty of choices for the strikers but with Andy Keogh on international duty, it will open up one place for an attacker. After a confident pre-season i’d want to see Dany N’Guessen play. He is by no means a fans favourite ┬ábut I think he should be given a chance. N’Guessen’s strike partner will most likely be Daruis Henderson, the most lethal goal threat after being last seasons top scorer for the Lions. But with Henderson not being risked in the last pre-season game against Southend he may not recover from his injury in time which could see homegrown striker John Marquis come in.

Usually the League Cup is used in recent years by some teams in order to play some of the youth team and squad rotation players, but seeing as this year the League Cup is starting before the actual league season, the actual starting XI should be used.

So this is my team.

Taylor
Smith Osborne Lowry Malone
Henry Wright Abdou Taylor
N’Guessen Henderson

Who would you play?

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