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'You don't want to shake Ampadu and Rodon away from each other'

Ethan Ampadu and Joe Rodon acknowledge fans after match
Ethan Ampadu and Joe Rodon acknowledge fans after match

Kaiser Chiefs bassist Simon Rix has been discussing Leeds United's defensive line-up on the Don't Go To Bed Just Yet podcast: "With the line-up, if you re-wound to the start of the season and somebody had told you the back four would be [Junior] Firpo, [Ethan] Ampadu, [Joe] Rodon and Archie Gray, you'd be thinking 'something's gone badly wrong', but it's working."

BBC Radio Leeds' Adam Pope said: "Is there case to say now that Ampadu is second-choice defender? He has been so good and the stuff he can do from that position - like the ball he played to Bamford in particular - it is really destructive to the opposition. It gets Leeds out of all sorts, he plays that ball as a midfielder in that part of his game, but defensively his interception qualities and reading of the game is superb.

"That also frees up a midfield role as we saw with Archie Gray moving in there for the last five minutes or so [against Bristol City], if [Sam] Byram moves back into right-back and Firpo claims his kingdom at left-back for any length of time, then it might make sense that Ampadu stays there because at the moment you don't want to shake him and Rodon away from each other."

Rix added: "My reading would be, when we're playing a team like Bristol City, playing Ampadu in defence it gives us something else going forward and we don't necessarily need his defensive qualities. Whereas when we play Southampton or Leicester, having a specialist in that position is probably required, but we'll see what Daniel Farke does because he always likes to surprise us."

Listen to the full episode on BBC Sounds