Leeds United news as Farke drops selection hint amid potential new Bamford role

A wrap up of the latest Leeds United headlines

Here are your morning Leeds United headlines on Tuesday, September 26.

Daniel Farke already dropped major Leeds United hint on key change he will make at Southampton
Fatigue caught up with Luke Ayling on Saturday as a third game in six days finally forced Daniel Farke to remove him from a Leeds United line-up for the first time in the league. However well Jamie Shackleton did, it’s highly likely the vice-captain returns for the trip to Southampton.

The 32-year-old has once again been picking up the leadership slack in Liam Cooper’s absence and even if his performances have not been perfect, it’s clear how highly Farke rates his attributes. Sam Byram is the only other player over 30 who has started more than two league games this season and he only turned 30 years old 10 days ago, which tells its own story.

 

Luke Ayling reveals how Bielsa has extended his career, raised his game

“Luke’s influence on the group is massive and you can’t overrate it because it’s so, so important,” said Farke. “He’s obviously a good player, but also, his ability to lead in the dressing room, to give his experience, to make sure everyone is sharp and aware.

“Before the game, he talks a lot in the dressing room, quite important, calms the lads down when it’s necessary, gives them some confidence, sometimes arm around the shoulder, but also sometimes a little kick to get them started. He’s unbelievably important for the group and I’m pretty pleased we have him.

 

“We need this because we have many, many young players and also we need experienced players with this character who live really like a professional each and every day. Although he was involved in so many battles, he’s still on it for each and every game, even if it’s a friendly, he’s on fire and I love this mentality. He brings this mentality into the dressing room.”

 

Patrick Bamford could find himself playing new Leeds United role despite Farke’s ‘priceless’ comment
Daniel Farke described the almost fit again Patrick Bamford as ‘priceless’ when asked about the striker during a press conference last week. The Leeds United forward is on the verge of making a return to the fold under Farke after spending the best part of two months on the sidelines with the hamstring injury he picked up against Hearts in pre-season.

 

Saturday’s clash against Watford came too soon for the former England international, but the hope is that another week on the training ground could help Bamford step into contention for what would be his first appearance of the campaign against Southampton this weekend. After a difficult spell in the side last time around in the Premier League, there’s pressure on Bamford to excel in the Championship and Farke is certainly believes he can make a difference.

 

“I think the next week will be quite beneficial because we have time on the training pitch and I expect him to be back in the mix for next week,” Farke said about the experienced forward, who scored against Nottingham Forest in pre-season. “Obviously he needs game time to be there in his best rhythm but a fit Patrick Bamford, with rhythm and confidence is priceless.

 

“The proof was also in pre-season, I think he had some pretty impressive games in pre-season and scored really good goals. The most important topic for him is that he’s fit, that he gains confidence through the training and also through the games and he’s in this rhythm that he can score many goals, he has proved this on this level.”

 

Southampton’s summer warning to Leeds United and rivals is blowing up in their face as Whites visit
North of £150m in player sales and a new manager lined up since mid-May, Southampton were supposed to be the relegated side turning the screw on Leeds United this season. Sadly for Russell Martin and the Saints, they now await the Whites on the back of four consecutive defeats and 19 goals conceded, the most in the Championship.

 

Southampton were consigned to the Premier League drop before the Whites or Leicester City and the narrative was spun about how that could be an advantage to them. It allowed the club and its owners to get a jump on the competition and start preparing for second-tier football faster than their rivals, supposedly.

 

The first reports about Martin’s arrival from Swansea City being a done deal emerged on May 19, more than a week before the top-flight season had even finished. Even if he was not confirmed in the job until June 22, it was an open secret Martin was measuring up his squad weeks before the announcement was made.

 

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