Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has revealed to the Yorkshire Evening Post that he expects to enter the emergency loan market when the window re-opens on Tuesday.
United were linked to a number of Premier League players during the January transfer window, including Michael Johnson of Manchester City and Keith Southern of Blackpool, but were unable to clinch any deals. But Grayson is confident of bringing new faces to the club shortly: “We weren’t in the market for squad players – we were in it for top players” he said, continuing: “But I’d have thought that some of the players I was looking at will be available on emergency loan. I’ve spoken to four or five managers about that, all of whom are in the Premier League. The players I’m looking at will definitely make us better as a team.”
Ramon Nunez has returned from the Central American Championships determined to make an impact at Elland Road.
The Honduran midfielder was named the tournament’s most valuable player as he helped his side win the competition for the first time in 16 years with victory over Costa Rica in the final. Nunez has been restricted to just a couple of substitute appearances since signing for the club on a short term deal at the start of the season. Talking to leedsunited.com Nunez said: “I’ll keep working, I want to get in the team. I’ve been patient. Obviously the team has done well, and I have to wait and be patient. A chance and an opportunity will come.”
Nunez has impressed enough to earn an extension to his deal until the end of the season, with an option for a further 12 months and Nunez is hoping for a chance to impress Simon Grayson further: “I know what the manager wants and expects of me in training and I try and carry it out the best I can. I have to be ready for when it comes.”
Leeds United have just Sanchez Watt missing from the first team squad for the visit of Coventry City to Elland Road on Saturday.
The on loan forward has been ruled out with the hamstring injury which prevented him from taking part in the 2-2 draw with Hull City on Tuesday night. With Neill Collins joining Sheffield United, club captain Richard Naylor has returned to the squad with Neil Kilkenny now back in the fold also following his Asia Cup experience with Australia. Simon Grayson expects Kilkenny to feature at some point in the game as he explained at his weekly press conference: “Killa had only come back the day before so he was never going to start the game. I was actually bringing him on just as we scored the second goal (against Hull) but decided not to change it after that. He’s been away and we know we have an experienced body with quality who can come into the side.”
Expected team to play Coventry City: Schmeichel; Connolly, Bruce, O’Brien, McCartney; Gradel, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass; Becchio, Somma.