By Joe Ellis

2nd Jan, 2023 | 8:10pm

Leeds United pair walking yellow card tightrope with three games before deadline

A pair of Leeds United players will have to be very well-behaved to avoid getting a ban for accumulating too many yellow cards.

There are three games left until the deadline strikes, after which players will require 10 bookings to receive a ban rather than five and according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Rasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca are only one yellow card away from that.

There are a number of players with three bookings and several with two, including Tyler Adams whose two in one game against Tottenham don’t count towards his tally by virtue of receiving a red on the field.

Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk are the two on three bookings but are perhaps more likely to pick up another as defenders while Wilfried Gnonto already has two despite few matches played.

The next three matches in which they need to survive without punishment are against West Ham United, Aston Villa and Brentford after which they can relax just a little.

Rotate

If Jesse Marsch trusts his whole squad then he should have no qualms about perhaps rotating Kristensen and Roca, in particular, to try and avoid losing them for a game in the future.

It doesn’t have to be a case of leaving them out entirely because that then defeats the whole purpose of it but bringing them off early in games, or starting them on the bench to come on, is a good way of reducing the time they have to get booked.

With tricky wingers to come up against, Kristensen could easily find himself on the wrong side of the referee and have to miss a game but Luke Ayling has been a very good stand-in and Cody Drameh is still waiting extremely patiently for a chance too.

It isn’t quite as easy in midfield where Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw are the only senior replacements with Darko Gyabi and Archie Gray the next best options to be promoted from the Under-21s to a senior place.

In other Leeds United news, Ben Foster was left drooling at the performance of one Whites player after the 0-0 draw away at Newcastle United.