Daniel Farke's strongest Leeds United XI predicted as pre-season minutes reveal manager favourites

Leeds United played five matches during their pre-season schedule, only one of which was behind closed doors. The YEP has collated the minutes accrued by each player in those public fixtures to determine which individuals the manager is likely to rely upon.

Leeds United’s pre-season calendar saw the team defeated by Manchester United and AS Monaco, as well as running out 2-0 and 1-0 victors versus Nottingham Forest and Heart of Midlothian, respectively.

Daniel Farke’s side also contested a behind-closed-doors friendly with Barnsley, in which they reportedly triumphed 9-1, as they prepare for the upcoming 2023/24 campaign.

This weekend’s encounter with Cardiff City will be the Whites’ first competitive match since the final day defeat by Tottenham Hotspur last season, condemning Leeds to Championship football after three seasons in the top flight.

Based on the minutes accrued by players in Farke’s squad during pre-season, a reasonable assumption can be made as to who will play an important role under the German this season.