Leeds United: Glen Kamara may not be ready to start v Millwall after 'crazy' Finland development
Leeds United midfielder Glen Kamara completed the full 90 minutes for Finland in their latest international fixture but it was a performance which suggested he may not be ready to start in Daniel Farke’s XI just yet.
Kamara, 27, arrived late on the penultimate day of the transfer window (31 August) and is yet to start for his new club but made a substitute appearance in their Championship draw against Sheffield Wednesday before the international break (2 September).
After being called up by Finland for the September internationals, Farke will have desperately wanted his marquee new signing to get up to speed having failed to make an appearance for Rangers before his expected exit.
The former Ibrox man played the full 90 minutes in their 1-0 defeat to Denmark UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification on Sunday 10 September, but it was a performance which will have certainly left doubt over whether he could trump the young Archie Gray in Farke’s starting XI.
Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s 86th-minute goal gave Denmark a 1-0 win over Finland on Sunday as they leapfrogged their opponents in the Group H table to take a big step toward qualifying.
The Finnish still have a huge chance to qualify for Euro 2024 as they sit just a point below Slovenia and Denmark in the Group H table but still have plenty to do after their last-gasp defeat.
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Leeds United summer signing Kamara was awarded a 7/10 match rating by Finnish newspaper HBL (10 September): “Matcho trained and it was noticeable in some sequences. Read some situations completely crazy. Had some good passes up but hesitated as he should have gone for the finish himself.”
The international break probably came at the wrong time for Glen Kamara following his move from Rangers, as he will have been motivated to make an instant impact at Elland Road but there was simply no way Farke would have thrown him straight in from the off, given his lack of match rhythm.
The Finland defeat on Sunday certainly showed a player still trying to get up to full fitness and failing to make an impact despite the Finnish media rating – which ultimately could mean that Kamara faces a long wait till he’s an Elland Road regular, especially with Gray impressing at the heart of the Leeds United midfield right now.
In his 90 minutes on the pitch, Kamara won just three of his nine total duels, successfully completed 76% of his 42 passes, and lost possession of the ball a whopping 17 times but still contributed to the attacking phases registering two key passes [SofaScore].
The former Rangers man is certainly better than what this latest performance suggests and he certainly has to be given the benefit of the doubt having not completed a full 90 minutes at club level all season so far [SofaScore].
There will be rotation with the gruelling Championship schedule set to kickstart in the coming weeks but it will have to be a few more substitute appearances for Kamara before he can consider himself a key part of Farke’s current plans right now.
The crucial Millwall clash in South London on Sunday 17 September may come too early for him to start.
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