Phil Hay moots three Leeds United changes v Queens Park Rangers
Phil Hay has mooted three possible changes to the Leeds United side that will take on Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on Wednesday 04 October.
The Athletic journalist insisted that Joe Rodon is the likeliest to come into the side for Daniel Farke, with Jaidon Anthony another who could get his full debut.
Archie Gray was the third name floated, although it was hard to pin much blame on either Ethan Ampadu or Glen Kamara in the defeat against Southampton.
Speaking on the Square Ball Podcast (Monday 02 October), Hay suggested the changes that could be made by Farke later in the week.
“The really interesting aspect of QPR and the questions for Farke tomorrow will be what changes with the team?” he said.
“I found it difficult to lay much of the blame on Kamara and Ampadu on Saturday because I didn’t feel as if the way Southampton were pressing and the way in which Leeds were distributing the ball was giving them much chance to do a great deal with it.
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“You fully expect Ampadu to stay in the team, I suppose there is the question does Archie Gray come back in? Does Farke mix it up a little bit there?
“That aside, is this possibly a good night for Jaidon Anthony to make his debut? I think that could be justified, but I suspect all eyes will be on Rodon, does he come back into the centre of defence? I think the answer to that is surely yes.”
Rodon coming back into the side should be seen as a no-brainer by Farke.
Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk struggled together at St Mary’s, with the lack of a right-footed option also hurting the Whites as they tried to build up momentum with some speed.
We lost count of how many times the pairing was turned by one simple through ball in the 3-1 defeat, with Rodon bringing much more stability to the back line.
Gray coming in would not be disputed, although Kamara must be given time to cement himself in that midfield role, with glimpses of his progressive style in possession really promising.
A potential full debut for Anthony could be forced anyway, with Crysencio Summerville staying down for quite some time with what looked like a shoulder problem, although he did carry on after that.
It will be interesting to see what the starting XI looks like on Wednesday evening, but one thing for sure is that three points are a necessity to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.