Joe Rodon could be rested for Leeds United clash v Hull City, Jaidon Anthony pushing for start
Joe Rodon could be rested for Leeds United’s clash with Hull on Wednesday, while Jaidon Anthony is also pushing for a start according to Leeds-Live.
Writing on their official website (19 September), the news outlet report that changes are expected for the game after Leeds played just 48 hours ago in a 3-0 win over Millwall at The Den.
Daniel Farke confirmed in his press conference on Tuesday that he doesn’t expect wholesale changes for the game, but the newspaper shared the switches that they see as the most likely for the clash.
“Liam Cooper is on the verge of making a playing return and, if he is deemed fit enough, he could come into the side to take on his hometown club,” they wrote
“Charlie Cresswell could probably do with minutes should Joe Rodon need a rest after his colossal effort at The Den, while Jamie Shackleton is available to step in on either flank should Luke Ayling or Sam Byram need rotating.
“However, Jaidon Anthony is pushing for a start and had one or two bright moments after stepping off the bench to replace Wilfried Gnonto at The Den.”
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Wholesale changes are never good for a team trying to build momentum and it’s good to hear Farke isn’t planning that, but some freshening up may be needed.
Ethan Ampadu and Archie Gray have started every game so far and with Ilia Gruev and Glen Kamara now options in midfield there is no reason they can’t be afforded a rest.
As for Rodon, his performance on Sunday was exceptional and it may be the wrong time to drop him from the side. But with Cooper nearing a return to fitness and Charlie Cresswell hungry to play more, we’re hardly short on solid, quality options in that position.
Anthony is also someone who deserves an opportunity considering he was playing well in the Premier League before his last-ditch switch to Elland Road on deadline day and he could provide a great alternative for other options.
Our squad is stacked and Farke has some decisions to make, but for once things are looking good for Leeds and it’s fantastic to see.
In other Leeds news, three ruled out as Farke reveals one ace “not in my plans” for Hull clash.