Leeds United are without Joe Rodon for today’s home game against Watford after the Welsh international was sent out for two cautions in midweek, giving Daniel Farke a selection issue.
If three games in six days wasn’t enough for Daniel Farke’s side to be significantly stretched in terms of fitness, a red card won’t help his cause.
Watford travel to West Yorkshire today without centre-back Joe Rodon, who was sent out for two yellow cards against Hull City in midweek.
How will Farke succeed him?
Farke reacted quickly to Rodon’s ejection in the second half by bringing Liam Cooper to pair Pascal Struijk.
Leeds finished the game with a clean sheet and a draw that they deserved but could have lost if Adama Traore had converted his late sitter.
Farke had little choice except to go with two left-footed centre-backs, and his options were essentially limited with Cooper the only natural fit on the bench.
Will Charlie Cresswell be snubbed again?
Charlie Cresswell’s omission from the matchday squad on Wednesday indicates that Farke has him fourth in the pecking order of four senior defenders, which is about as high as he could possibly be right now.
Rodon has proved to be the best right-sided option, and Cresswell isn’t going to replace either of Leeds’ left-footers in the lineup, given the balance Leeds need in build-up.
Having said that, the first game of the season saw Farke opt for Cooper and Struijk as a partnership against Cardiff City rather than Cresswell playing over one of them, only to come on when Cooper got injured.
The youngster signed a new four-year deal at the club in August, but is yet to see any proof of his long-term future being at Leeds – given his positioning in the pecking order.
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