Should Kamara be dropped to give Archie a chance?

05 Mar 2024 09:08 am, by Ellandback1


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Should Kamara be dropped to give Archie a chance?

Leeds midfielder Glen Kamara has proved to be a shrewd signing, since his £5.5m move from Rangers last Summer, but having suffered from a drop in form over the past few games, is it the right time to shuffle the pack? Kamara has made 25 league starts this season, and generally speaking, has looked solid. He covers a lot of ground, he's a tough tackler and the best passer of the ball in the squad (93.4%), just ahead of Gruev (93.2%).

Whilst Kamara hasn't been at his best lately, Daniel Farke will not be keen to disrupt the rhythm of the team, though it has been suggested that bringing Roberts in at right back would allow Archie Gray go go back to his favoured position!





Averaging 2.09 per game may not be good enough

Should Leeds reach the fabled confines of the Promised land come May, it will be Daniel Farke's biggest achievement in football. The 47 year old is best known for winning promotion twice with Norwich City during his four and a half year tenure at Carrow Road between 2017 -2021. It was the main reason why the Elland Road hierarchy hired him in the first place, but will so little to choose between the top four this season, Farke faces the biggest challenge of his managerial career.

They say the Championship is the most difficult league in the World to get out of (even though Rotherham are making it look easy), and Farke has managed it twice, averaging 1.50 points per game. Leeds aggregate this season is 2.09, and even that may not be good enough.





Byram given green light

Sam Byram is back to full fitness, and raring to go, after his latest injury set-back. The versatile defender, 30, has proved a more than useful back-up player this season. He has made 28 appearances totalling 1428 minutes of game time, earning him a respectable 6.77 Whoscored rating.

He hasn't played since tweaking him hamstring during Leeds 3-0 victory over Rotherham almost a month ago, but having completed ten days of full training, will now be considered for the starting line-up. Byram's injury record doesn't read well, but Farke knew what he was getting, when offering him terms last Summer. His current contract comes to an end this Summer, and it remains to be seen whether he'll be offered a fresh deal, though much will depend on what league Leeds are in!




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andrewjohnsmith wrote on 05 Mar 2024 06:47 pm

The Subhuman wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 6:08 pm 8 Posts!!!???? 7 Responses???!!!!

Should we divide it up into three threads?
Probably less on a match day. Home match more so. People heading to game. Or getting stuff done before watching game. And most of activity on the match thread instead. Plus 2 of 3 questions today were over who should play. We cover that in the match thread.

The Subhuman wrote on 05 Mar 2024 06:08 pm

8 Posts!!!???? 7 Responses???!!!!

Should we divide it up into three threads?

Finnatic wrote on 05 Mar 2024 06:04 pm

andrewjohnsmith wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 4:12 pm Pretty much what 1304 said regarding Kamara/ Gray/ Roberts. It's 4 games in 9 days. I know Farke doesn't like to make a lot of changes. But given short turn arounds, some may be enforced. He did hint at Byram being more fit than Firpo in the press conference.

The points total needed this season is nuts. Surely somebody will have a drop off. Opta Stats posted the other day said that over the past 20 years, only 8 teams had 72 points after 35 games. This season there were 3. (I bet that record includes all 4 teams after wins for Ipswich and Southampton at the weekend). All 8 teams with 72 points won the league. So we have 3 teams, possibly 4, setting league winning pace.
If neither is fit enough, I’m fine with Roberts at RB and Archie at LB.
I don’t think they have tricky wingers so Archie should be ok.

Clitheroe White wrote on 05 Mar 2024 05:12 pm

andrewjohnsmith wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 4:12 pm .... So we have 3 teams, possibly 4, setting league winning pace.
Scary stuff. 1 from 4 is going to be very disappointed!

Better not be us.

I keep going back to the logic that we:
- Have a really good side who can beat any team in the league
- Had a bad start and our form since October is outstanding
- DF has done this before

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 05 Mar 2024 04:12 pm

Pretty much what 1304 said regarding Kamara/ Gray/ Roberts. It's 4 games in 9 days. I know Farke doesn't like to make a lot of changes. But given short turn arounds, some may be enforced. He did hint at Byram being more fit than Firpo in the press conference.

The points total needed this season is nuts. Surely somebody will have a drop off. Opta Stats posted the other day said that over the past 20 years, only 8 teams had 72 points after 35 games. This season there were 3. (I bet that record includes all 4 teams after wins for Ipswich and Southampton at the weekend). All 8 teams with 72 points won the league. So we have 3 teams, possibly 4, setting league winning pace.