I am intrigued to see the team that is played on Sunday at Newport County. It’s a game we need to win, the FA Cup isn’t what it used to be but that doesn’t excuse what Garry Monk did last season at Sutton United. I’m all for big changes, but you need to make sure you get it right. Are we likely to see Ouasim Bouy come Sunday? The ex-Juve man returned to Leeds this week after a loan spell at Cultural.
The Cultural Leonesa partnership has been in focus this week with Bouy returning from a loan where he barely got the chance to play, Yosuke Ideguchi set to join the Spanish side and Leeds announcing that they were officially in partnership with Ivan Bravo’s Aspire Academy, an organisation that effectively run Cultural despite being based abroad. Bouy returned, the whole point of him going out to Spain was to play games before returning and trying to force his way into the Leeds team and that simply didn’t happen. He featured twice for the Spanish side but he may just have arrived in Leeds at the correct time. A trip to Newport County is upon us and the squad has just gone through a hectic schedule, so changes are very much going to happen.
One thing I’m unsure on is where Bouy’s best position is. Phil Hay is under the impression he is a midfielder but it has been said that he is a centre-back, the club say he is both. We could certainly do with some fresh legs for the game because some of the players need a rest. Ronaldo Vieira is probably fit but there is no harm in letting him relax for another week, he does more work than any other player in the side. Kalvin Phillips has played a lot of football this season and he’s another who could be rested. Eunan O’Kane and Matesuz Klich are probably the pairing who will start, but if we wanted to go three in the middle (without a number 10) then Bouy may well find himself in luck. If not then a place on the bench certainly isn’t out of the question for the player.