Rosler says not to read too much into his next Leeds team selection

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The Leeds United boss has been speaking ahead of two friendlies on the same night.

Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler has been speaking to the club’s official website about the fact that he will be sending out two sides for friendly matches on the same evening.

A side overseen by Rosler will take on York City while a Leeds XI will play Tadcaster Albion at the same time, with Julian Darby and new goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis in charge of that one.

Rosler confirmed on Tuesday that six or seven first-team players would be taking part in what was previously billed as an under-21 fixture but the new gaffer has suggested we should not read too much into his team selections.

At first glance, those players Rosler opts not to see first-hand this evening may be deemed surplus to requirements, but the former Brentford and Wigan Athletic manager suggests not.

“To make it clear I’ve not picked a strong 11 and a weak 11,” Rosler told leedsunited.com, “we want to make sure that our whole squad gets enough playing time and everyone gets up to speed.

“They are playing two games on Wednesday night – one in York and one in Tadcaster – and we are splitting the group. People shouldn’t read into the formation too much.”

So there you have it: rather than making an early call as to who is a first-teamer and who is destined for the exit or a prolonged spell in the under-21s, it is simply a case of giving everyone a run-out.

It is a tactic that makes sense given that Rosler is only just getting to know his players and he will want everyone to have the opportunity to show what they are capable of.

New arrivals are in place at Leeds in the form of Charlie Horton, Sol Bamba, Chris Wood, Lee Erwin and Tom Adeyemi, but more could well follow before the summer is through.

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