Newcastle v Leeds

Friday could be something of a question time for Leeds when we go to Newcastle.

I heard someone call it a six-pointer earlier in the week, but that’s a bit ridiculous at this stage of the season.

That said, this game offers us a real opportunity to redress some of the issues that have become a regular feature of our games so far this season, and answer some of the questions of concern that are being raised, including our strength in depth.

Marcelo has not shied away from the fact that we need to be better in all areas. Defensively we’ve been left exposed, we’ve been over-run in midfield for periods, and as a result goals and shots are proving much harder to come by than last season. That’s all across the pitch where we’re going to have to step things up.

There’s also some real selection dilemmas for this one. Diego Llorente went off injured against Liverpool and his replacement, Pascal Struijk, was sent off and is suspended for Friday. Assuming Llorente isn’t fit, Liam Cooper is the only recognised senior centre-back. Luke Ayling has played there before, but by his own admission, it isn’t a position which comes naturally to him. Young Charlie Cresswell was photographed in training this week and that has led to internet chat that he could play. That would be a big call, but we know Charlie is well thought of. It’s also worth noting that training photos are simply what they are. Photos of training. Clubs aren’t stupid and they aren’t going to give away their plans like that.

Then, you’ve got the Rodrigo conundrum. Does he keep his place? If not, who do you bring in? Tyler Roberts? Or does Raphinha move to a more central role with Dan James coming in on the right? That would be the one for me I think.

It’s not an ideal scenario when you consider the way we have been exposed at times this season. It feels a bit daft talking like this after a handful of games, but we are in an unforgiving league now and all managers will tell you, one of the hardest things in football is to win a Premier League fixture.

Hopefully, Newcastle will be the one to kick-start our season. There doesn’t appear to be any confidence issues, but believe me, I’ve played in teams who have endured winless runs and the longer it goes it does start to affect you. That’s why this is an opportunity for us.

Newcastle have problems of their own and far from being bouncy and loud, I would expect the St James’s crowd to be tense, nervy, and maybe even a bit apathetic on Friday. I’ve been there when it’s buzzing and it’s a hell of a place to play, I’ve also played there when they’ve turned and as a visiting player that’s music to your ears. They can work against their own team.

If you’re going, enjoy it, and get behind the lads. The away fans are up in the gods at Newcastle, but that doesn’t matter. I remember going up there for a cup tie when Brian McDermott was manager and all you could hear was our fans. Hopefully we’ll get our reward tomorrow and we’ll get the result to get us up and running properly.

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