Brian McDermott has challenged Ross McCormack to take himself beyond the 30-goal mark in one swoop with a match-winning performance at Barnsley.
McCormack needs two goals to become the first Leeds United player since Jermaine Beckford in 2010 – and only the second since Lee Chapman 23 years ago – to reach 30 in a single season.
His header in a 2-1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers last month took him to 28 and the Scot’s performance in front of goal this season has come inspite of United’s low league position and their woeful form since the turn of the year.
McDermott said: “I’d love to see him get three goals tomorrow. That would be great.
“It’s some achievement already and to be captain as well adds to it because I’m not sure he’s captained a club before.
“I know he thinks that captaining Leeds is a massive honour. He’s got a lot of pride in that.”
McCormack featured in all three of United’s recent losses at Oakwell, a dire run of results which he vowed to end this weekend.
Writing on Twitter, McCormack said: “Buzzing for the game. We owe (everyone) a result there. Fed up of getting battered every year.”