Leeds United are now well on their way to their pre-season tour in Australia, but not everyone is on the plane. A relatively small squad of 16 players, a mixture of first team and U23s, make the trip across the world to take on Manchester United and Western Sydney Wanderers. Those players who were involved in international duty and the recent signings all miss out including Peacock-Farrell, White, Alioski, Shackleton, Klich, Costa, Clarke plus Ayling who is currently injured. Leeds fans will be pleased to see that Kalvin Phillips and Kemar Roofe are both involved which could be a good indication they are staying with the club.
Pre-season kicked off on Wednesday night with a five nil victory over York City at Bootham Crescent. Jack Harrison scored twice with Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Adam Forshaw all bagging one each before ten second half substitutions saw some of the promising young talent from the U23s starred in the second half. It’s hard to judge any team this early on in pre-season, especially against a team plying their trade outside of the Football League but Leeds looked sharp. Passing was quick, accurate and they took their chances well. The most impressive part of the game though must be the performances from the U23 lads, they dominated possession and created chances, they were unlucky not to convert a couple of them.
Wednesday’s game against Guiseley AFC was anything but a stroll in the park. Guiseley were a far more physical outfit than York, many of their players towered well above Bielsa's lads. The deadlock was broken in the 9th minute when Felix broke free and slotted the ball between Peacock-Farrell's legs from an acute angle. With 20 minutes of the game left, Leeds were level courtesy of a driving run from new signing Costa who drilled the ball into the bottom hand corner. With time ticking away, it was looking increasingly likely that Leeds would have to share the spoils with their non-league counterparts but in the 82nd minute Bogusz volleyed the ball home for 12 yards to give Leeds an unbeaten record heading to Australia.
The Leeds squad travelling to Australia is;
Kiko Casilla, Kamil Miazek, Barry Douglas, Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Gaetano Berardi, Bryce Hosannah, Clarke Oduor, Adam Forshaw, Pablo Hernandez, Jack Harrison, Kalvin Phillips, Jordan Stevens, Mateusz Bogusz, Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford
Fixtures on the Australia are;
Leeds United Open Training Session | Tuesday 16th July 2019 3.45pm (Local Time) | HBF Park, Perth
Leeds United v Manchester United | Wednesday 17th July 2019 12:00pm | Optus Stadium, Perth
Leeds United v Western Sydney Wanderers | Saturday 20th July 2019 10:00am | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Leeds United squad head down under