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Steve Evans explains how he picked his first Leeds starting line-up

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The Leeds United manager has been chatting about his first team selection since taking charge.

New Leeds United manager Steve Evans has been speaking to LUTV ahead of his side’s Championship match against Fulham this evening.

The former Rotherham United boss replaced Uwe Rosler earlier this week, after the latter was surprisingly moved on following Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion; but he has admitted the side that took to the field at Craven Cottage may not be the one that ultimately defines his time at Elland Road.

Evans has only been in the role a few days and despite taking training this week he admitted he has heeded the advice of others, as well as using his own knowledge of Leeds’ players when he came up against them in the past, before picking his first starting line-up.

“There’s no point me saying there’s been a lot of contribution by myself and Paul Raynor to get the input into tonight’s fixture,” Evans told LUTV. “It’s far too soon as we know. There was even a consideration, earlier in the week, as to whether I sat out and the current staff just got on with it when we came in.

“The overwhelming feeling was…to set our standards straight away.”

Evans went on to confirm that he owed his first Leeds team selection in no small part to the staff already at Elland Road, while also admitting that he had watched the Whites twice live prior to his appointment and had already used his experience of playing against his new club last season.

But he had a message for the players he has tasked with getting a result this week:

“What the team is tonight, win, lose or draw does not automatically meant that will be the team on Saturday,” Evans added.

That match will see Leeds take on Blackburn Rovers, and how the former sides’ players perform tonight could go a long way to deciding who will feature in that match and possibly for the foreseeable future.

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