Whites legend Peter Lorimer feels that the absence of Jonathan howson and Robert Snodgrass from international duty might help Leeds United next season.
United midfielder Jonathan Howson has missed out on a place in England’s 23-man squad for the European Under-21 Championships in Denmark next month and it’s a double-edged sword for him.
He probably would have enjoyed going with the group to get international experience, but in saying that, he and his partner have just had a baby so he will probably appreciate a bit of time at home.
once the season starts again, Jonny won’t have a lot of time to himself and will be away a lot, living in hotels.
That said, he’ll be disappointed with missing out, but it’s not the end of the world.
Jonny has had a long, hard season and the rest will be welcomed. He played in every league game in 2010-11 and he was up and down the pitch constantly, putting in a big shift in every match.
For his career and for Leeds United, I think (missing out) is the best thing. Hopefully, he’ll get a good rest and come back fresh and looking forward to next season.
I would have thought Simon (Grayson) will be secretly quite pleased. Robert Snodgrass is not in the Scotland Nations Cup squad at the minute, but we’re also glad about that because he’s had a niggling back problem and it needs time to fully recover.
He’s another case where it’s more important for the club than it is for the country.
A lot has been made of Jack Wilshere pulling out of the England squad and not going to the European Under-21 Championships because of tiredness after playing lots of games and guarding against injury.
But to me, there are a lot of other players who have had long, hard seasons and who are going to Denmark.
If you have an injury, fair enough. But if you have been selected, as Jack would have been, you should go. A lot of managers out there will be saying: ‘What’s the difference between Jack Wilshere and my player –- he’s played as many games?’
Meanwhile, Kasper Schmeichel has been called up to the full Denmark squad for their Euro 2012 qualifier with Iceland next Saturday and the experience will be invaluable.
Kasper was another who played a lot of games during the season, but tiredness isn’t as much of an issue with goalkeepers. Yes, they do work hard during the season, but they don’t run around everywhere and get the daily injuries that the outfield players get, especially to their legs.
It’s usually more with fingers and shoulders, diving about and what have you!
It’s the next step on the international ladder for Kasper and looks good on his CV so good luck to him.
People might talk about the pressure of following in the footsteps of his father, who was a legend for Denmark with well over 100 caps, but he’s always going to have that.
It’s always difficult following a famous dad, especially one who played in the same position as you. But having spoken to Kasper, his father, Peter, has largely kept out of his career and has let his son do it himself.
Obviously, if there was some problem, I’m sure Kasper would go to him, but, in general, Peter lets him get on with the job and be his own man.
● LOOKING at the betting for promotion in the Championship next season, all the teams who have gone down – West Ham, Birmingham and Blackpool – are rated as favourites.
That’s always going to be the way with the massive parachute payments they get. But if you look at last year, the favourites tag didn’t really work for those tipped to do well.
All the promoted sides struggled early on and Middlesbrough, who were the big favourites and who spent a lot of money, found it hard for most of the season.
Quite often, the relegated sides start off with great expectations and if things don’t happen straight away, the fans get frustrated.
Let’s face it, lots of the Premiership players won’t be wanting to play in the Championship, especially if things aren’t going well. They might not be 100 per cent committed.
Some clubs could have financial problems as well following relegation. And we found how difficult it was when you are going down the leagues, because often you still have players on massive wages.
while there is a parachute payment, it’s nowhere near what you get when you are in the Premiership.
If you keep a Premiership budget, parachute payments will only cover so much and obviously clubs will lose an amount of (home) fans, while away teams don’t bring as many supporters. As a result, clubs lose revenue through the turnstiles and it can be difficult.
Looking at the relegated clubs, the table doesn’t lie. Over 38 games, it works itself out.
That said, for me it was nice to see a club like Blackpool, after so long in the wilderness, enjoy a year in the Premier League and not embarrass themselves.
Our local neighbours, Huddersfield, have their League One play-off final date with destiny against Peterborough on Sunday and I want to see Town go up.
It would be great to have another big derby with two full houses and with both sets of fans only having a 20-minute journey as well.
There’s not that much of a distance between Leeds and Huddersfield, with all the housing and they are nearly joined together.
It would be two great games for West Yorkshire if they went up and I love all the local rivalry.
Looking at some of the newcomers in the division already confirmed for next season, we’ve been landed with Southampton, Brighton and West Ham – which will be three hellish journeys.
So our fans deserve something a bit closer and I hope Huddersfield do it in the play-off final on Sunday.