Check out the latest Leeds United evening news as the focus shifts to next weekend’s trip to Southampton. On Monday, September 25, here are the latest Leeds United evening headlines.
Ross McCormack pushes Daniel Farke to fight changes at Leeds United.
Former Leeds United striker Ross McCormack has encouraged Daniel Farke not to make any changes for the trip to Southampton next weekend. Despite the suspension of Joe Rodon, the Whites won 3-0 against Watford at the weekend, with Farke making four changes to his starting XI.
Liam Cooper replaced Rodon, while Luke Ayling and Archie Gray came off the bench in place of Sam Byram and Glen Kamara, respectively. Wilfried Gnonto was injured and was replaced by Crysencio Summerville. McCormack wants to see Kamara make his full Whites debut again on Saturday lunchtime at St Mary’s.
Farke’s surprising statements in the Leeds United locker room kept the players guessing
“If you ask me what I’d do as manager, I wouldn’t change a thing,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “It sends the wrong message that even if you had your best game of the season, these players will still be brought back into the team.”
“However, keeping some of your better players on the bench sends a message to the boys who have come into the team, that if you come into the team, play well, and then you keep your place.” That will motivate them.
“Guys like Rodon and Ayling will most likely be training next week with no expectation of making the team after that performance.” But they are experienced enough to know that performance will not be consistent every week.”
Farke discusses Glen Kamara’s ‘unleashed’ debut for Leeds United.
Daniel Farke was overjoyed with Glen Kamara’s performance on his complete Leeds United debut on Saturday. Kamara has had to be patient at Elland Road, making do with a couple of short cameos off the bench in the weeks since joining from Rangers in the late summer.
Prior to the deal, the midfielder had not seen a minute of competitive play this season, and Farke was keen to ease him into the action while maintaining the midfield tandem of Ethan Ampadu and Archie Gray. However, after witnessing Kamara make significant fitness gains, the German included him in the starting XI against Watford last Saturday, and he was not disappointed.
The 27-year-old slotted seamlessly into the side, playing alongside Ampadu in the middle, and helped make the Whites tick in what was a dominant performance. The Finland international kept things simple at times but he combined well with the Whites’ more attack-minded players as Leeds seemed to create chance after chance against the Hornets.
Leeds United injury list in full as Wilfried Gnonto goes under the knife
Leeds United made it seven points from three games in less than a week on Saturday when a superb second-half performance saw them sweep aside Watford 3-0 at Elland Road. Daniel Farke’s side now begin the new week in the play-off places in the still-young Championship table.
With no midweek game coming up this week, all eyes can now turn to Saturday’s visit to Southampton where Leeds will face another of last season’s relegated sides, with Saints having lost four games in a row as they struggle to adjust to their new surroundings. The gap will also enable Leeds to recuperate after a busy week and give those in the treatment room some more time to recover.
Ahead of the trip to St Mary’s, here is a look at the current state of the Leeds United injury situation.