Daniel Farke could unleash Jaidon Anthony as loanee made to wait for Leeds United opportunity
There are few positions in the Leeds United squad as well occupied as the wide areas, with Daniel Farke having plenty of players fighting for their opportunity.
In recent weeks it has been Dan James and Crysencio Summerville who have played either side of Georginio Rutter and Joel Piroe with both wingers hitting an excellent run of form that saw the Dutchman score two excellent goals in the win over Norwich City.
The pair’s excellent form has made opportunities hard to come by for those waiting on the bench as even Wilfried Gnonto was restricted to a substitute appearance at Carrow Road and another man finding regular football hard to come by is Bournemouth loanee Jaidon Anthony.
Anthony joined the ranks at Elland Road late in the transfer window, heading the other way to Luis Sinisterra but is yet to find his feet with Leeds United, having only started once in the league, alongside several brief cameos from the bench.
The 23-year-old has scored once for the Whites, finding the net in the demolition of Watford and has shown plenty of bright moments to suggest that he can be another valuable addition to Daniel Farke’s squad for the remainder of the season.
Although not directly involved in Summerville’s winner against Norwich on Saturday (21 October) the Bournemouth loanee created space for the Dutchman to curl past Angus Gunn, as he ran between the Canaries’ defenders to create a small gap.
He may have only played six minutes, but in a crucial part of the game, Anthony looked after the ball exceptionally well, completing six of his seven attempted passes as the Whites attempted to see out what was an excellent late comeback [Fotmob].
In the coming weeks, the fixtures come thick and fast for Leeds, especially after the November international break and Farke is going to have to begin to rotate his squad more often, and the next few games could present a great chance to give the Bournemouth loanee a full run out.
United have a quick turnaround following their match with Stoke on Wednesday (25 October) only having two days off before they face Huddersfield in the early kick-off on Sunday (28 October) so it would make sense for Anthony to start one of those two matches.
After all, during his last season in the second tier, he registered 15 goal contributions at Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League and he scored three times in 11 Premier League starts last season. If Farke unleashes him from the start, he could finally kick on and find his feet at Elland Road.
In other Leeds United news, Farke was quick to praise Archie Gray’s display at right-back against Norwich City