By Joe Ellis

24th Aug, 2022 | 7:40am

Leeds United leave out several senior players from Barnsley cup squad

Leeds United will host Barnsley in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday but Jesse Marsch will make changes, according to Leeds Live.

After a sensational start to the Premier League season with seven points from three games, the American manager is set to rest the vast majority of his senior players for the Yorkshire derby.

Top scorer Rodrigo and engine Brenden Aaronson are among the attacking players to have been granted a rest ahead of the trip to Brighton and Saturday.

Joel Robles could also be set to make his first start for the club with Illan Meslier rested entirely and the same goes for Marc Roca and Tyler Adams.

Marsch bucks the trend of the second round so far which has seen Premier League sides generally field strong sides against lower league opposition as they look to progress further into the competition.

Big gamble

The League Cup has always been used to get some minutes into squad players in the early rounds but to not have any of the stars of the season so far available on the bench is a big gamble.

Jack Harrison is the only player who could come on and change the game but even he is unlikely to be risked which leaves the attacking impetus on Dan James, Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood.

Luis Sinisterra could get his first start although it would be a risk to start him in such a physical game while youngsters Sonny Perkins and Archie Gray are in line for debuts.

Marsch and Leeds United have obviously decided that the Carabao Cup is not a competition they want to focus on this season but there may not have been a better chance to win silverware.

The Premier League may provide the cash but victories at Wembley and the memories that come with it are unrivalled.

In other Leeds United news, Harrison is still locked in transfer talk as Premier League rivals Newcastle refuse to back down.