Steve Evans has dropped a couple of little ‘Easter Egg’ clues into his mindset regarding team selection for the upcoming games against Nottingham Forest (A) on December 27 and Derby (H) on December 29. According to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post, squad rotation is on Evans’ mind.
With Leeds facing what are two games in a 48-hour period, Evans sees the need to rotate the players as an essential thing. Speaking to the YEP, Evans said quite categorically that, “It’ll have to mean squad rotation. The only thing I can guarantee is that I’m not going to play.” Whilst Evans is being jovial here, the jocular response does highlight a serious matter regarding squad size and the close proximity of the Festive period games for Leeds United.
On this matter, the fiery Scot is also not backwards in coming forward and giving his opinion. Evans said of the closeness of the game and the potential effect on Leeds United, “When we’re doing battle live on television against Nottingham Forest, the Derby players will already be 30 hours into their recovery to be ready to coming to Elland Road. That’s a big disadvantage but it won’t affect what we do against Nottingham Forest. It’ll maybe affect what we do for Derby.”
Leeds kick off at Forest’s City Ground at 4.30pm on December 27, a whole 24 hours after Derby face Fulham at the iPro Stadium. Leeds and Derby then lock horns at Elland Road two days later in a game that, according to Steve Evans’ comments, will likely involve some changes to the starting line-up.
Leeds currently find themselves in joint-12th in the Championship ahead of the Boxing Day round of games and will be hoping for some kind of positive results from the two games in order to maintain their impressive recent run of form that has taken the Whites to within ‘craning neck’ distance of the playoffs.