By Peter Lynch

5th Oct, 2023 | 12:10pm

Daniel Farke dilemma mooted at Leeds United after Archie Gray ‘caught the eye’ v QPR

Leeds United boss Daniel Farke has a midfield dilemma for his club’s upcoming clash with Bristol City, according to journalist William Jackson.

The manager opted to play Ethan Ampadu and Archie Gray in that area as the Whites defeated QPR 1-0 on Wednesday (4 October).

Summer signings Glen Kamara and Ilia Gruev both watched on from the bench at Elland Road, with Crysencio Summerville sealing all three points for the hosts.

“More than took his chance to make a mark on his return to the starting line-up,” Jackson wrote for Leeds Live. “Caught the eye early with some strong touches in the middle of the park and showed his power and energy to carry the ball forward well.

“His passing range and ability in tight spaces is second to none and QPR simply couldn’t stop him getting on the ball and moving it forward. 

“Farke now has a dilemma on his hands moving into Saturday’s clash with Bristol City at Elland Road, with Gray and Kamara both pushing for that midfield spot next to Ethan Ampadu. After such a strong showing from the teenager, though, the manager might see any change in midfield as unnecessary.”

Good problem

Star man Ampadu has his position in the starting XI nailed down following his move from Chelsea, with the Wales international a rock in the heart of the midfield.

But finding a suitable, long-term partner for him is Farke’s issue, although it is most definitely a good problem he has on his hands as opposed to a bad one. That is because the man in the dugout now has three players to choose from in Gray, Kamara and Gruev. 

It seems that Gray can do no wrong at this moment in time, but Farke has already shown that he will manage the youngster’s minutes this season by moving him in and out of the starting XI.

And it looks like former Rangers ace Kamara is next up in the pecking order, with the Finland international potentially coming in for Gray when Bristol City visit Elland Road on Saturday (7 October).

In other Leeds United news, a BBC Sport pundit was wowed by one Whites ace in the first half of the match with QPR, with the player not “fazed by anything.”