Tough decision for Farke ahead of Friday thriller

20 Feb 2024 09:18 am, by Ellandback1

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Tough decision for Farke ahead of Friday thriller

Leeds boss Daniel Farke faces a selection dilemma ahead of the top of the table clash with Leicester City on Friday night. With Dan James fit again having taken a knock to the knee against Preston a month ago, the gaffer must decide whether he can afford to drop Wilfred Gnonto! The plucky 20yo has netted four times in as many games in James' absence. It's not just James' pace that has terrified defenders. With ten goals, six assists and an incredible 'Whoscored' rating of 7.13 (3rd), the 26 year old has shown some of the best from in his career this season.

Would you take a draw if offered

Leeds are on a roll. Eight straight wins have catapulted the Whites into second place in the Championship, but they face an altogether new challenge on Friday night with the visit of Leicester City. The Foxes are on course for a record points tally this season, having taken the Championship by storm, racking up 78 points from 33 games so far. They lost the reverse fixture back in November at the King Power Stadium 1-0, thanks to a tap-it by Rutter on the hour mark, but are now out for blood.

Daniel Farke's need for three points is greater than Leicester's. There may be 13 games left, but Leeds won't want to surrender second spot to Southampton, especially when they are on such a fine run themselves. If you could guarantee a point now, would you take it, or risk defeat at the hands of the league leaders?

What a big Jesse

Speaking last night on Monday Night Football, a clearly emotional Jesse Marsch told of his heartbreak when sacked by Leeds Utd twelve months ago.

Marsch was a guest on the Sky Sports show, previewing the Everton v Crystal Palace clash, but it was the 50yo that found himself in a sticky situation, recalling the pain and emotion after receiving his marching orders last February.

Working with the players was fantastic. They fought and gave everything they had for me. I appreciated working with them, I really enjoyed the whole process and the team that we were becoming. And so, even earlier when I said I was heartbroken, really, it was really difficult for me to say goodbye. And I never did say goodbye to them, because I couldn’t. I couldn’t stand in front of them because I knew I’d break down. So I just individually dealt with a lot of them.

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weasel wrote on 21 Feb 2024 06:21 pm

Deffo wouldn't take a point if offered now. You do that maybe against a team you expect to beat you. Leicester are a decent side but so are we.

I rather think if Marsch had tried to do a leaving speech to the group that several wouldn't have shown up to it or they would have simply gone to wave him goodbye along the lines of 'F*ck off.'

BlackHillsPaul wrote on 21 Feb 2024 03:17 am

Leeds 3 - 1 Leicester

I think DF will stick with Gnonto as the starter. James comes on and scores the 3rd goal. 8-)

Clitheroe White wrote on 20 Feb 2024 04:35 pm

Looks unanimous.

Gnonto should start / James as impact sub.

We won't accept a drawer as we think we can win.

Jesse - I suspect the emotion is real, he did care and had the team success at his heart. The application of coaching was less successful but you can't knock his passion.

mentalcase wrote on 20 Feb 2024 01:57 pm

DF won't drop Gnonto for James I'm sure, he's earned his place and took his chance, like others have said, bring DJ on for 25-30 minutes if needed and let him loose, we'll have to see which way the game is going before any subs enter the fray, still a dozen league games after Friday and 4 in the FA cup to come, we'll need all our players.

Barlow Boy wrote on 20 Feb 2024 12:19 pm

I’d be staggered if James replaces Gnonto on Friday.

I’m not Gnonto’s biggest fan after all the refusing to play etc, but there’s no way he can be dropped after his recent form.