Glen Kamara set for full Leeds United debut vs Hull City as Archie Gray tipped to miss out, Jamie Shackleton return on the cards
It would be “no surprise” if Archie Gray’s run of Leeds United starts comes to an end against Hull City with Glen Kamara in line to make his full debut as a result, according to Beren Cross.
The Leeds Live journalist claimed on the outlet’s website on the morning of the game (20 September) that it would be “sensible” for Daniel Farke to give the 17-year-old a rest after starting him all season so far, now that he has alternatives, with Finnish international Kamara in with the “best chance”.
Jamie Shackleton has also been tipped to return to the starting line up, with a “good chance” the unlikely stand-out comes back in at one of the full-back spots in place of Sam Byram or Luke Ayling.
The Whites face the second of three games in seven days at the MKM Stadium, having secured a 3-0 win at Millwall on Sunday (17 September) and with a visit from Watford due on Saturday (23 September).
Rotation, rotation, rotation
Given the strength of the result at The Den at the weekend it would no doubt be tempting for Farke to stick with the same line-up, and since that game came after an international break that meant some players had a rest anyway he may still do so.
But, whether it be vs Hull or Watford it seems inevitable that he will avoid playing most for three consecutive games inside a week.
Gray was withdrawn from England under-19s action over the break so it was somewhat of a surprise that he still started at Millwall, but he lasted until the 89th minute so there may be more from him yet.
Either way it would be unwise to overplay someone of his age when not pressed to, and both Kamara and Ilia Gruev weren’t bought just for late cameos off the bench.
Hull haven’t lost since the opening day so it would be equally unwise to weaken the defence unless required to, and since Byram has probably outperformed Ayling it seems likely the left-back position stays the same.
Although Shackleton has been impressive while filling in at multiple positions so far he is still ultimately a converted midfielder so Farke may also think twice about taking Ayling out for the sake of it.
In other Leeds United news, Adam Pope was filled with sympathy for one Whites player after what happened at Millwall.