By Peter Lynch

9th Oct, 2023 | 9:10pm

Graham Smyth shares Leeds United ‘changing of the guard’ verdict under Daniel Farke

Leeds United are not witnessing the changing of the guard just yet, but rather its evolution, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth.

The journalist noted that the Whites manager is not yet ready to dispense of the likes of senior players Luke Ayling and Liam Cooper, with Farke having included either one or both in every starting XI this season until the match with Bristol City on Saturday (7 October).

Farke is instead relying on his entire squad this season given the length of the Championship campaign, Smyth added, with the club set to play 46 matches in total.

“The Championship season is a long one, it takes a squad to come out with your stated aim and the more leaders Farke can count upon the better,” Smyth wrote for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“This is perhaps not yet the changing of the guard but at long last its evolution.”

Full squad needed

There may come a time when Farke, or indeed a different Leeds manager, will have to force out some senior players. But that time has not yet come, with the man in the dugout undoubtedly simply utilising all of the players at his disposal.

The fixtures are coming thick and fast, and change is definitely needed within the starting XI if Leeds want to enjoy a successful season.

The Whites currently sit fifth in the Championship table with 19 points from their 11 matches, having won five, drawn four and lost two.

The likes of Ayling and Cooper have been in and out of the team this season, but they remain integral to the club and to manager Farke.

However, when the time does come to move the duo and other players on, it seems that Leeds are well positioned to deal with it thanks to the long list of exciting youngsters at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, a high-quality Whites star struggled to involve himself against Bristol City, according to one BBC Sport pundit.