The thing about Leeds United is that every day in between games has so much drama by the time one comes around you can barely remember the last. This is never truer than Saturday’s fixture against Norwich City as the headlines are dominated by the news that Daniel James’ proposed move to Elland Road was called off at the eleventh hour.
This is not what you’d expect from any other club ahead of a First vs Second clash. Leeds, need I remind you, go into the game 3 points clear of Saturday’s opponents Norwich. I think the maths is quite simply here, win 6 point lead. Lose, even. Draw, we go again.
Onto the game, Leeds will be bolstered by the news that Pablo Hernandez is not injured. The line-up will remain largely the same however; Tyler Roberts starts instead of Jack Clarke. Interesting given Clarke’s form, but having Roberts play in the number 10 allows Pablo to play on the wing where he is far more effective and TyRob can help create space in which Hernandez can cook. We will undoubtedly see Jack Clarke introduced off the bench and add a bit of dynamism should the game be lagging or Leeds need a kick-start.
The game may be Leeds’ biggest test yet, one of both nerves and quality. Whilst the reverse fixture at Carrow Road was a routine 3 nil’er in our favour, this is expected to be largely different. Looking then at a point when Norwich had one just one of their first five, you would never have bet that they’d be 2nd going into February. The Canaries have a largely clean bill of health and we may see their new full-back Phillip Heise who arrived from Dynamo Dresden on deadline day feature in some part.
Leeds will be hopefully they can capitalise on a recent stagnation from Norwich, they’ve won just 1 of their last 6. Win and a 6 point gap will put their fate firmly in their own hands, they just have to do it first.
Under the lights, 5pm at Elland Road. It has all the makings of an absolute thriller.