Simon Grayson has refused to rule out another change of formation after vowing to take the game to Norwich City at Elland Road, writes PHIL HAY.
Leeds United’s manager said he was considering the possibility of recalling Davide Somma despite his team’s strong performance in a 2-0 win over Bristol City.
Grayson reverted to a trusted system at Ashton Gate last weekend, naming Luciano Becchio alone up front, but he employed a two-man strikeforce to good effect against Coventry City seven days earlier and could revert to that formation for tomorrow’s clash with Norwich.
Somma dropped to the bench last week on the back of a spell of international duty, having scored in all of his previous four league appearances, but Grayson said: “Both combinations have worked well.
“We got a clean sheet and a victory against Coventry at home and a clean sheet and a victory at Bristol City last weekend. It’s great to be able to chop and change the system to adapt to the team we’re playing against.
“When you’re playing against a passing team like Norwich, you need to get on top of them before they get into their stride. That’s what we’ll be looking to do.”
Right-back Paul Connolly and central defender Patrick Kisnorbo are United’s only injury concerns.
On-loan Aston Villa full-back Eric Lichaj will start again in place of Connolly having made an impressive debut for Leeds at Ashton Gate.
Grayson refused to confirm whether he would attempt to keep Lichaj beyond the end of his month-long loan from Villa, saying: “All I want him to do is play as well as he can do and build on last week’s performance. He was very good.”
Norwich are likely to employ their traditional diamond midfield formation at Elland Road, with the influential Wes Hoolahan playing behind a frontline of Grant Holt and Chris Martin.
The Norfolk club have a serious doubt over the fitness of defender Leon Barnett who has a hamstring strain.