Sam Allardyce has responded during Thursday’s press conference – as per Leeds United’s YouTube channel – when asked if Sam Greenwood could feature against Newcastle United on Saturday, after his Manchester City cameo.
Greenwood, 21, has become a bit of a forgotten man in recent months. Fancied by Jesse Marsch, the versatile star was used as a sub once in Javi Gracia’s 12-game stint at Leeds. He failed to make the squad on two occasions.
But, Greenwood was brought on after an hour at Manchester City – his first minutes since the 1-0 loss to Chelsea. With many of the opinion that the midfield has been to blame recently, Greenwood could be considered an option.
Allardyce was asked if Greenwood had shown since he arrived as the club’s new manager that he could be used regularly, in the next three matches. He replied by hinting that there may be a couple of changes come Saturday.
“Everyone has trained well enough to be involved. We will make a couple of changes against Newcastle but you’ll have to wait and see when we name the team,” Allardyce said when asked if Greenwood could start this weekend.
Allardyce: Greenwood could feature against Newcastle on Saturday
Greenwood has a lot of qualities that Leeds are currently lacking. That tenacity and work rate in midfield, the ability to feed the attacking players but also put a tackle in. He will be hungry to impress, after his spell on the sidelines.
With Marc Roca and Weston McKennie coming in for criticism in recent weeks, perhaps it would be a good moment to bring Greenwood in – especially, with Allardyce using Adam Forshaw and forming a midfield three, instead of two.
But, it is much more likely that Big Sam sticks with Roca, McKennie and Forshaw with his midfield trio against one of his many former sides on Saturday. Greenwood last started back in December, starting only twice in the League.