Leeds may be 25/1 with Paddy Power to finish top of the Championship, but under Brian McDermott they look organised and hard to break down with the midfield diamond working tirelessly to protect the back four when Leeds don’t have the ball.
The current crop of new signings have done well to adapt; Luke Murphy is finding his feet, Scott Wootton looks the part but Noel Hunt needs to find his shooting boots. With the focus firmly on those on the field of play, it’s quite easy to overlook where Sam Byram could fit in. The youngster was a revelation last season and with him on his way back from a hip injury it’s hard not to get excited.
But the question is where will he fit in. The obvious answer would be at right-back, with Lee Peltier either moving to centre-back or dropping to the bench. McDermott seems to like Peltier but with Byram coming back into the fold it’s hard to see him being favoured. However, there are rumours among Leeds betting fans suggesting he could feature on the wing, but that would surely see United change their system. Could he play in the role Varney’s playing or will United have to drop their diamond style in order to slot him in?
There’s no doubt Leeds are a stronger side with him on the pitch, and it can give fans hope that a decent start can only be boosted with the addition of Byram. The international break gives McDermott time to think but it is hard to see a total overhaul of the formation. Peltier hasn’t played poorly but it’s hard to see him staying at right-back.