CM – Archie Gray

Archie Gray Leeds United

The 17-year-old has looked mature beyond his years in his first competitive Leeds games, and has been an ever-present so far in the league as part of Farke’s double-pivot.

Big things are expected of Gray and you can expect the teenager to keep his spot in the starting lineup whilst Leeds lack midfield options. Jamie Shackleton, Lewis Bate, and Darko Gyabi are the club’s only competition in central-midfield at the moment.

CM – Ethan Ampadu

Ethan Ampadu is close to signing for Leeds United
Ethan Ampadu is close to signing for Leeds United

Arguably Leeds’ best player so far this season, Ampadu should once again partner alongside Gray at the base of midfield.

The 22-year-old will be a sure-fire starter this season and has settled in perfectly since joining from Chelsea. He will be tasked with picking up the danger men such as Conor Chaplin and Nathan Broadhead.

RW – Georginio Rutter

Georginio Rutter

Rutter is clearly not a striker, but Leeds are short of options, due to injuries to the likes of Crysencio Summerville, Ian Poveda, and potentially Dan James as well.

Of course, they could be bolstered with the return of Wilfried Gnonto and Luis Sinisterra, but there is a chance the pair are not rushed back, with both only recently coming back into the first-team fold to train again. Rutter’s skill-set suits a wide berth far more than Shackleton, who started the game on the right-wing against the Baggies.

CAM – Joe Gelhardt

Joe Gelhardt

This is a huge season for Gelhardt at Leeds, with the forward starting the Cardiff clash from the bench and only afforded a short cameo late on in the game by coming on in the 82nd minute.

Since then, the versatile 21-year-old forward has been involved heavily, in part due to a lack of natural number-ten options. The forward can operate as a striker, secondary-striker, attacking-midfielder, and from the right-wing, too. However, it is in the role behind a lone striker where he can thrive and where he should start again.

LW – Dan James

daniel james

If it wasn’t for injuries and Gnonto and Sinisterra’s recent situations, James may have been on the bench, but played well against West Brom and should keep his place against Ipswich.

The Welsh international is likely to be out on the left again where he will want to continue to prove a point to Farke as there are other options when fully fit that will likely come in for him. The winger has a knock, though, and is a slight doubt for the game, but will retain his starting role if he passes a fitness check.

CF: Joel Piroe

With Leeds playing the Tractor Boys on Saturday afternoon, it appears that the club have ample time to register new striker signing Joel Piroe ahead of the game, with Leeds confirming his signing yesterday.

Beren Cross of Leeds Live said on Twitter: “Should, in theory, be available for Saturday, but will spend on work permit and international clearance”. It would be a timely boost, with Leeds needing a more natural number-nine than Rutter, although it would not be a surprise if Piroe started the clash from the bench.