Leeds United fans to be sick of Daniel Farke decision on Joel Piroe very quickly after flop against Sheffield Wednesday - BBC journalist
People will be “fed up” of Joel Piroe playing as a number 10 for Leeds United “very quickly” if Daniel Farke persists with it, according to Jonny Buchan.
The BBC journalist said on the Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet podcast on Monday (4 September) that after the Whites boss put the big-money striker signing in a withdrawn role behind Georginio Rutter against Sheffield Wednesday the fans aren’t going to have much patience if it continues.
Piroe, a £10million-plus arrival from Swansea this summer [BBC Sport, 24 August], was virtually anonymous in the goalless draw at Elland Road on Saturday against a struggling Owls side.
Buchan said (12m 30s): “That role for Piroe, playing in the 10 [position], if that is a consistent thing I think people will very quickly get a little bit fed up with that.
“Because he’s a goalscorer isn’t he? He’s a man who can find the net on a regular basis in this division, so play him in a role that will see him find the back of the net.
“Maybe this was a one-off by Daniel Farke…”.
Simon Rix probably spoke for plenty of Whites fans when he added: “We all said we’d signed a striker. And then we played him somewhere else.”
Granted, Farke knows more than most what it takes to be successful in the Championship, but whatever his plan was for the weekend didn’t come off, and certainly not when it came to Piroe.
Crysencio Summerville and Willy Gnonto showed why they are so dangerous at this level but against a packed visitors’ defence there was no way through, and to see the game bypass the expensive goalscorer was a frustration.
Tight games like that one are the exact sort where a proven scorer like that can be the difference by snatching a goal.
But he wasn’t close enough to the goal or the ball for most of the game to have much of a chance to do so, having got off the mark with a debut strike at Ipswich the week before.
In fairness to the manager the Dutchman appeared to be in a similar role at Portman Road where the forwards thrived as he and all three of his attacking teammates found the net on the way to a 4-3 win.
It will take a bit of time for Farke to find a way to get the best out of Piroe but his early usage has already suggested it is going to be very boom and bust in an attacking midfield role and may spark a rethink.
In other Leeds United news, an agent has celebrated getting a star man out of Elland Road in a controversial summer exit.