By Peter Lynch

13th Sep, 2023 | 3:10pm

Daniel Farke starting XI dilemma mooted as Djed Spence not at Leeds United ‘to be a sub’

Djed Spence did not move to Leeds United to be a substitute this season, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth.

The 23-year-old right-back moved to the Elland Road club on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.

Luke Ayling remains first-choice in the role, however, with the veteran defender captaining the club at times this season in the absence of the injured Liam Cooper.

“The first contentious one, but Spence didn’t come to be a sub,” Smyth wrote for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“He’s a dynamic player with huge potential and a bit of experience too. He might bring the best out of Ayling but only Ayling’s very best will keep Spence out.”

Tough call

New Leeds manager Daniel Farke has plenty of tough calls to make when it comes to his best starting XI. He may still be learning about his new players given how he has not been in the role for very long, and also given how there was plenty of movement at the club in the summer transfer window.

But the German needs to find his best team as soon as possible, with the Championship fixtures set to arrive thick and fast following the international break.

And one call that he must make is at right-back, with the position representing a difficult decision given the options available.

Ayling undoubtedly has more experience than Spence, but perhaps the latter is exactly the kind of new blood that the Whites need to really push for promotion.

Given how there are plenty of matches to be played in a short space of time, the manager may just share the burden between the duo.

In other Leeds United news, one Whites player is “delighted” to be involved in a selection debate at Elland Road this season.