Daniel Farke tipped to axe Ilia Gruev, Willy Gnonto and Jaidon Anthony from Leeds United XI for Huddersfield
It is likely that Daniel Farke “cannot resist” turning to Glen Kamara from the start against Huddersfield after Ilia Gruev’s “struggled to make an impact” on full Leeds United debut, according to Beren Cross.
The Leeds Live journalist wrote on the outlet’s website on the morning of the Terriers’ visit to Elland Road (28 October) that after a full week off for the Finland international it is likely he comes back into the line up, while Bulgarian Gruev “should go back to the bench” for now.
Similarly, the manager rotated his wide options for the 1-0 defeat at Stoke City in midweek only for Willy Gnonto’s and Jaidon Anthony’s “struggles” to contribute to an unwelcome defeat.
But “those switches are easy to reverse” so the German has been tipped to turn back to in-form pair Crysencio Summerville and Dan James as well.
Farke got it wrong with his changes for the midweek reverse and it brought to a halt a winning run that had raised hopes and the league position.
The Whites go into the early kick-off still third in the Championship but they won’t remain there for long if they slip up again so the manager surely needs to turn back to his best-performing options who have now been rested.
The opposite may need to be true for the likes of Archie Gray and Sam Byram, who have both played more in recent weeks than would have been expected of them.
Either way changes seem inevitable to take on Darren Moore’s side, where three points must be the objective against a team 18 places below Leeds United in the table.
A long Championship season is always going to have off days, although Leicester and Ipswich are somewhat disproving that currently, so one flat defeat doesn’t need to derail all the progress that has been made when Farke has got most calls right so far.
But fail to win again against Huddersfield, this time at home, and it would spoil some of the optimism that has been building.
Clubs are more incentivised to sit deep and wait for the Whites to break them down at Elland Road so Farke needs to ensure he has the right attacking forces on the pitch in particular for this one.
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