The news we’d all been waiting to hear (no not that news) finally arrived today, when Ross McCormack signed a new three year deal with the club. “This was always what I wanted to do, it’s perfect timing with the first game of the season being on Saturday, and I was always hopeful that we could get things sorted in time” Ross said. He also added that it’s his 26th birthday tomorrow and here’s to him scoring 26 goals this season, or hopefully even more.
This is brilliant news ahead of the new season. This will hopefully give a huge boost to the rest of the squad and will hopefully spur Ross on to be a key player once again this season. With the captaincy still not decided (publicly at least), Ross is certainly a contender to lead the team out on Saturday and for the rest of the season. Personally I’m not a fan of strikers for the captaincy, I think it should either be a central defender or a central midfielder. I feel they can see the game more and can influence more of the team. However I can certainly see it being given to him as a sweetener maybe in the contract talks.
As for the team against Wolves, I think that despite Sam Byrams impressive performance last Saturday, Warnock will recall Tom Lees to the side to partner Pearce in the centre. This will allow Peltier to play in his favoured position and I think that Adam Drury will play left back. This will allow Aidy White to play on the wing along with Paul Green, with Austin and Norris in the centre and Ross and Becchio up front. As for Paddy Kenny he will of course be in goal. On the bench I think we’ll see Ashdown, Byram, Brown, Pugh, Rogers/Gray, Poleon and Diouf. This does highlight our lack of depth and has many have said a few injuries will really impact our season. But isn’t it about time we got some luck for once? As for the takeover, Gary Cooper is keeping a dignified silence, which could hint we are close to a conclusion; whilst Warnock’s recent comments suggest it won’t be completed before the transfer window closes. Is Warnock bluffing? Who knows, but at least us fans will have something different to talk about once Leeds kick off the new league campaign at 12:45 tomorrow.