Pundit highlights 'Huge' Leeds United problem as he makes Tyler Adams admission ahead of Manchester City
Tony Dorigo believes that the mini-break for the World Cup will pose a “huge problem” for Leeds United as they look to return to match fitness.
The momentum has gone due to the players not playing professional football and only just returning to training a week or so ago.
Tyler Adams, who shone at the World Cup, will miss the Manchester City clash due to suspension and Dorigo thinks he will be frustrated to not be able to carry on from where he left on in Qatar.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post, “It will be frustrating for Adams – he had a wonderful time at the World Cup and he would have liked to have got straight back in and showed how much he’s grown even over the last few weeks.
“It’s not to be, but no doubt he’ll be helping, cajoling, supporting the team, both the youngsters and those more experienced, to produce against Manchester City.
“Jesse Marsch will want to build some momentum and generate some positivity around Elland Road in the first home friendly, and that’s a huge problem with this crazy mini-break, for everyone.
“It’s just like pre-season, again. All momentum has gone, fans don’t quite know what to expect, and that could be true for any side.”
Manchester City had way more players than Leeds did at the World Cup so the fatigue is going to be felt more in their camp.
The Whites players have had time to work on different systems as most of them were at Thorp Arch during the tournament in Qatar.
It’ll be interesting to see who comes in for Adams and the approach Marsch goes with for this one as he could try out several different things.
We’ve seen a centre-back been thrown into midfield so that’s something that can happen or Mateusz Klich could be handed a rare start as well.
Adams, since joining in the summer, has virtually been undroppable for the Whites and he undoubtedly will be a huge miss for them.
We’re hoping that Marsch has an ace up his sleeve as starting the return with a poor performance won’t be ideal in any way.