Javi Gracia has told Thursday’s press conference – as per Leeds United’s YouTube channel – that duo Darko Gyabi and Archie Gray could now come into the Leeds side after the club confirmed Tyler Adams picked up a hamstring injury.
Gracia confirmed that Adams is seeing a specialist after picking up a muscle injury. It will see the USA star miss this weekend’s clash against Wolves, and remain in Yorkshire for this month’s international fixtures with the National Team.
Adams has been pivotal for Leeds this season. His form at the World Cup showing all just what he is capable of. If there are any successes from Jesse Marsch’s tenure, the signing of Adams is right up there. His absence is an enormous blow.
Gracia was asked if the injury suffered by Adams will see £5m Gyabi come in. He says that Gyabi and teenager Gray will come into his thinking ahead of Wolves and while Adams is out. Weston McKennie and Marc Roca are likely to start.
“Darko is one option, as is Archie. They are useful in training. We have Marc, Weston, Darko and Archie to train as midfielders. We’ll have to make decisions for the next games if Adams is out to choose the best option,” Gracia said.
Gracia: Gyabi and Gray could come into Leeds side after Adams injury
Losing Adams is massive but Leeds do have options, largely thanks to Marsch’s tenure and the desire to spend more and boast a bigger squad. It is likely that Adams’ USA teammate Weston McKennie will start with Marc Roca at Wolves.
But behind them, Leeds lack any senior central midfielders. It is most likely that Gyabi and Gray will be on the bench come Saturday. Roca rarely finishes the entire 90 minutes and it is likely to see Gyabi come in, and then maybe, Gray.