Harry Redknapp and his Birmingham side head north to what is sure to be a bouncing Elland Road tomorrow night and the anticipation for a league game hasn’t been this high in a long time at Leeds United. After the best performance seen at Elland Road in many years on Saturday it’s time to back it up and push to move top of the table.
The league table doesn’t mean much at this stage of the season but if you can give yourself a buffer from others in the early part of the season it certainly helps when you lose a couple of games, something that will happen at some point. Thomas Christiansen has us playing brilliant attacking football, solid at the back and the team spirit and connection with the fans higher than it has been in many years. We blew Burton Albion away and although they aren’t the best side in this league we were on another level entirely. Nigel Clough says he came up against the best performance since he was promoted back to the Championship and it’s certainly one of the best since we came up.
Birmingham are coming off the back of a loss at Norwich City where ex-Brentford pair Harlee Dean and Jota played for the first time. Neither ha da big impact but both are quality players at this level and add that in with the likes of striker Sam Gallagher who is one of the most expensive loan deals in the history of the Championship you have some very good players for the Championship. Craig Gardner, Marc Roberts and David Stockdale will also be with the squad, if they start or not remains to be seen but the Birmingham side is packed with players who can do damage on their day.
Key Player – Samu Saiz
The way I look at our squad at the moment I think if Samu Saiz plays and is in his flow we will win the game. He is that good and in terms of stand-out signings in this league he is at the very top of the list this season. Give the ball to him, let him do his thing.