Archie Gray, Willy Gnonto and Sam Byram axed as Daniel Farke rings changes - Leeds United predicted XI vs Huddersfield Town
Daniel Farke is predicted to make extensive changes his to Leeds United XI for the visit of Huddersfield Town, with five dropping out from the loss at Stoke City.
The German made some surprise rotations for the midweek game against the Potters which didn’t pay off, so he is tipped to bring back wingers Crysencio Summerville and Dan James in place of Willy Gnonto and Jaidon Anthony.
Farke revealed that Summerville is taking painkillers to deal with an injury picked up in preseason [Phil Hay, 25 October] to explain putting him on the bench after match-winning display at Norwich last weekend, but in his pre-match press conference on Friday (27 October) confirmed the Dutchman is fit for the weekend.
After Ilia Gruev’s full debut at Stoke fell flat Glen Kamara is predicted to return in his place, while a pair of changes at full-back could be made for very different reasons.
Archie Gray has filled in on the right for three games running, as part of seven full games for club and country in the space of three weeks, but surely requires some rest so Luke Ayling should come in for the 17-year-old fan-favourite on the right of the defence.
On the other hand Sam Byram, another popular former academy product who was so impressive in answering the questions around the left-back spot earlier in the season, has been struggling for form of late and is tipped to be replaced by Jamie Shackleton for this one.
The returning full-back had also been rotated in and out of the XI earlier in the campaign due to concerns over his own durability but has now started the past six in succession, so could drop out here.
Otherwise the spine of the team is expected to remain the same with Georginio Rutter and Joel Piroe to continue in attack.
Patrick Bamford’s latest high-profile penalty miss in the Stoke loss surely means he needs to be taken out of the firing line to an extent, and any converse views around him getting straight back on the horse probably need to take a back seat to fielding the strongest options in search of a result.
Ethan Ampadu is a mainstay and will surely remain so at Elland Road in the early kick-off, while nobody has done anything to dislodge the centre-back pairing of Joe Rodon and Pascal Struijk, and Illan Meslier is bound to remain in goal.
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