Farke on finishing, fine form and Swansea

Leeds United begin another heavy week's travel with Tuesday night's Championship trip to Swansea City (Tues, KO; 7.45pm) followed by a second visit to Plymouth Argyle in the league following the recent FA Cup replay victory at Home Park.

Manager Daniel Farke has been speaking to the media and here are the key points from his news conference:

  • Winger Dan James is available after a groin injury to face his former club at the Liberty Stadium.

  • Full-back Sam Byram will miss out due to a muscle problem while Jamie Shackleton has a personal issue which means he misses the fixture.

  • Centre-back Pascal Struijk will be out for a further two or three weeks with an adductor issue. Farke said he is unsure on a return date but added: "What I can confirm is that there is progress in his rehabilitation but the doctors haven't allowed him to extend his load."

  • On a superb run of form, Farke said: "We try to be balanced. Obviously we know we're on a good run... so we travel and play with confidence...but we also speak about the area we can improve because there's never a perfect game of football. There are a few things we are still working on of course."

  • One of the areas to improve is efficiency in front of goal. Asked how he is addressing the issue in training, Farke said: "It's difficult to produce the same situation as there are not 40,000 fans screaming. It's a quite different scenario. It also comes with experience that you learn to handle the pressure of the game day."

  • Expanding on the efficiency subject, Farke added: "We have many young players so I use the example of Robert Lewandowski. In the early stages of his career for Borussia Dortmund he missed so many chances and everyone said he misses too many but after that for a time he was probably the best goalscorer in the world. It comes with experience but also with hard work."

  • On the productive partnership between Georginio Rutter and Crysencio Summerville, Farke said: "Good players always play good together and play well together. Both are pretty creative and brave players. They have the same vision about situations and the technique and precision to find each other in difficult moments. Not always as otherwise they'd go for the Ballon D'or. There's room for improvement!"

  • On Swansea City, Farke spoke about their win at Hull City over the weekend and says he was not surprised: "It was a case of when they would win the game and not if. I think its a very good side with many experienced and technical players on this level. I think they are one of the better possession sides in this league. It's a big task. There situation has eased up a bit and right now against Leeds United they have nothing to lose."