Gary Rowett makes 'unsettling and hard' assessment ahead of Millwall v Leeds United
Millwall manager Gary Rowett has heaped praise on Leeds United and Daniel Farke, suggesting the German will “do a really good job” after an “unsettling” summer at Elland Road.
The two teams face one another at The Den on Sunday (17 September) with the Whites eager to get their season properly up and running following the closure of the transfer window and the end of the September international break.
While the former Birmingham City boss was eager to commend Farke and his side’s credentials he still believes his side will give Leeds a tough game after what was a difficult summer behind the scenes at Elland Road.
Speaking to South London Press on Wednesday (13 September) Rowett said: “There is always that little bit of uncertainty. You need the window to close to settle down. But every game from now on is that game where you want to see that more settled performance if you’re Leeds manager.
“It is unsettling and hard to get an organised team, very quickly, that is all motivated to do well. I’m sure the window shutting will give Daniel that opportunity now. It will be a tough game – but a tough game for them coming to The Den, also.”
Farke has received plenty of praise for his calmness, including from Angus Kinnear [The Square Ball Podcast, 7 September] over what was an incredibly messy summer at Elland Road throughout the transfer window and off-the-field drama has ensured that he has been cut some slack over some indifferent results.
Despite being the opposition manager for Sunday’s clash, Rowett has hit the nail on the head however now that the window has closed, Farke and his side will be expected to perform to a consistent level and begin their climb up the table.
There may have been a huge exodus of talent over the summer, but the arrivals at Elland Road have been nothing short of excellent, with all the new additions representing some of the best players that the Championship has to offer. Now the team needs to find their way in the fight for those promotion places.
That is not to say Farke hasn’t done an excellent job so far, for the Whites to have only lost once in their opening five matches is impressive given the amount of uncertainty surrounding Leeds. But the match against Rowett’s side presents an opportunity for the Farke era at Elland Road to truly get up and running.
Hopefully, Leeds United will begin to click into gear and take three points from Rowett’s Millwall side.