It’s the game we have all been waiting for, not because it’s Derby County but because it’s the return of Samu Saiz. He isn’t the only one, Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper also return for the game after suspensions. Heckingbottom says he knows how good Samu is, he can get better and he needs to understand the emotion of what he tells Saiz, because a translator won’t give him everything he needs.
Heckingbottom told LUTV that Saiz has been working very hard in training and he has been complaining about his legs as he laughed, clearly they want Samu Saiz to come straight back into things although he did touch on the fact it will take him a few games to get back up to speed. He also said that he sat down with the Spanish star and had a one to one, he understands more English than he lets on and he wants him to understand it more so he can feel the emotion that Heckingbottom is expressing himself in. He didn’t speak any English when he arrived and it will take time, but it will certainly help him to speak the same language but as we’ve seen with him football has no language barriers at times, Saiz has been the best player for the club this season.
Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper may both start the game tomorrow as the likes of Matthew Pennington haven’t performed in their absence and it means more competition on the park for the players who have been performing recently. Saiz will certainly be back starting the majority of games even if he is eased into the fixture tomorrow night but Berardi has some competition because Anita had one of his best games in a Leeds shirt on Sunday, showing aspects to his game we haven’t seen yet in aggression and attacking play. Overall it’s very good to have everyone back but getting Saiz back is the biggest boost we could get at this stage.