Archie Gray and Jaidon Anthony could start for Leeds United in Championship clash v Queens Park Rangers as 'struggled' verdict shared
Leeds United boss Daniel Farke could ring the changes for Wednesday’s Championship clash against Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday 4 October at Elland Road, according to William Jackson.
The Leeds Live journalist, wrote on Monday 2 October that the German boss could make some key changes in midfield from the disappointing Southampton defeat with Archie Gray coming in for Glen Kamara after he “struggled” on Saturday.
Jackson also predicted that summer signing Jaidon Anthony could come into Farke’s attack on Wednesday with neither Crycensio Summerville nor Dan James “catching the eye” against Southampton.
Jackson wrote: “On the face of it, there’s a straight choice in the centre of midfield with Farke set to decide between starting either Glen Kamara or Archie Gray alongside Ethan Ampadu.
“Kamara has got the nod for Leeds’ last two games but struggled at Southampton and the quick turnaround might provide an opportunity to mix things up and give Gray, who started Leeds’ first seven league games, another start.
“Farke has kept changes to his attacking quartet to a minimum since the start of September. Joel Piroe has played behind Georginio Rutter since the last international break, with Crysencio Summerville and Dan James each starting three of the last four games.
“However, with Jaidon Anthony pressing for a starting spot, we could see a change on Wednesday with the Bournemouth loanee brought into the fold.
“Who he replaces could well depend on the conditions of Summerville and James, with neither man catching the eye on the south coast.”
In all fairness, Saturday’s defeat at Southampton was not only a disaster for Farke’s men but a real surprise given the form of both teams heading into that fixture.
It certainly looked as if Farke’s men weren’t ready or at all willing to compete as Russell Martin sprung a superb tactical surprise that completely dumbfounded the Leeds United boss and his team.
The German will not want to go through that again and Wednesday’s clash with QPR presents an immediate shot at redemption for the Whites but who Farke chooses to start the match will certainly be a real headache.
Jackson is absolutely right, Kamara, Summerville and James all failed to convince at St Mary’s on Saturday and it will be a surprise to see all three of them start again at Elland Road on Wednesday.
Summer signing Anthony is certainly ready to stake a starting spot in Farke’s team after his goalscoring cameo in the 3-0 win over Watford and out of all Farke’s bench players against Southampton, he is certainly the most likely to start.
Archie Gray, as expected has seen his game time limited in the last few games but his youthful exuberance, dynamism and unique qualities in midfield could well come in handy against the Championship strugglers.
In other Leeds United news, journalist Graham Smyth says the actions of a player against Southampton “was not a good look”.