Leeds United have been given a big boost for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal with the decision by Arsene Wenger to make loanee Sanchez Watt available for the Elland Road club.
The 19 year old forward, who has just returned to the United side following a spell out with injury and illness, tweeted: “I can play against Arsenal at The Emirates!!! Will be the biggest game of my career so far if I play.” Simon Grayson will be happy to have the option to use Watt against his parent club, particularly following the injury suffered by Lloyd Sam in the defeat to Cardiff City on Tuesday night.
The summer signing from Charlton Athletic lasted just seven minutes before limping off to be replaced by Luciano Becchio.
’72 repeat wanted.
Peter Lorimer was part of the Leeds United team which beat Arsenal in the 1972 FA Cup final to give the club their one and only triumph in the competition, but he feels the current team have no chance of repeating that result in this weekend’s 3rd Round tie.
The Scottish legend was talking to itv.com before Saturday’s live clash and told them: “We don’t really have a chance. As we showed last year at Old Trafford we can hold our own, but realistically you have to say Arsenal are big favourites.
“Leeds memorably became the first lower league side to knock Manchester United out of the competition in 26 years at this stage last year, but Lorimer doesn’t see that happening this time:
“We’re just hoping we can give a good account of ourselves. We’re taking 8,500 fans down to London, which shows you the strength of support. As long as we don’t get battered we’ll be more than pleased.”
Smith and Woodgate linked.
Speculation continues regarding two of the stars of Leeds United’s 2001/02 UEFA Champions League squad returning to Elland Road.
Simon Grayson is understood to be interested not only in bringing Alan Smith back to the club, but there is mounting speculation that Jonathan Woodgate is another target. The Tottenham Hotspur central defender was not named in the White Hart Lane club’s Premier League squad due to his long term groin injury. The 30 year old has now recovered and is in need of games to work his way back to full fitness. Spurs manager told the press over the Christmas period: “Anyone who loans Jonathan Woodgate is getting one of the best centre halves in the Premier League and I would be willing to do that just to give him some games.”
Doncaster Rovers, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City are all reported to be interested in the former England international.