Max Wober could be handed his first start for Leeds United on Sunday as the Whites travel to Wales to take on Cardiff City in the third round of the FA Cup – but Jesse Marsch says he is yet to make a decision on Wober.
The 24-year-old has joined Leeds on a contract until June 2027, swapping Salzburg for Leeds. The fourth signing Marsch has made – with players he knows. Brendan Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, Tyler Adams and now, Wober.
Costing an initial fee of £11million but potentially rising as high as £17million, Wober is not simply a squad player. He will be expecting to start. Unavailable for West Ham as Leeds sorted his work permit, he will be ready for Cardiff.
Marsch was asked if the Austria international will start for Leeds on Sunday – a game in which Leeds are taking 6000 fans. But the American gaffer remained tight-lipped, stating that he trained well today but is yet to decide.
“Max has settled in really well, had a good training session today. He understands what I’m looking for out of him and in our team. So we’ll see how fit and ready he is, but he will be in the mix,” Marsch told his press conference.
Marsch yet to decide if Wober could be handed first Leeds start at Cardiff
Surely, Wober will get the go ahead. It is not as if he has not been playing, or has been injured. He has played 21 times for Salzburg this season, and for his country. In that time, having a hand in eight goals from left-back.
Where he plays, if he does, is intriguing. Liam Cooper is likely to be rested at Cardiff and he could come in at centre-back. Pascal Struijk may also be rested, allowing Junior Firpo to get some game time. It may be a new defence.
Here is our predicted side to take on Cardiff: Illan Meslier; Rasmus Kristensen, Diego Llorente, Max Wober, Junior Firpo; Tyler Adams, Sam Greenwood; Crysencio Summerville, Jack Harrison, Willy Gnonto; Joe Gelhardt.