Watt closes in on first team return

Luciano Becchio and Davide Somma were reminded of how fierce competition for places is at Elland Road last night as three different strikers netted in a 6-3 reserve team thriller against Hull City.

Ross McCormack gave Simon Grayson a selection headache as he netted a hattrick whilst Billy Paynter and Arsenal striker/winger, Sanchez Watt also got their names on the scoresheet. There was also a goal for the black sheep of the Elland Road family, Andy Robinson who must feel his efforts are in vain as Grayson refuses to consider him for the first team.

Despite the 6-3 defeat, Hull City fans had some room for optimism as Irish youngster, Jamie Devitt netted a hattrick. The Tigers have been struggling in the Championship this season, largely due to a lack of goals within the first team so the Irishman’s treble could go some way to earning him a first team position at the weekend.

  • kev

    Went down to watch last night for an hour,thought McCormack looked very lively,he’s got a lot of pace and uses it well,Sanchez looked good as well,Paynter looks to be carrying abit too much timber but he looks abig lad anyway and poor Andy Robinson never stopped working got to feel for him ! I suppose there might of been a few scouts knocking about I don’t know !!

  • Matt BB

    yes you do feel for poor old andy robinson, i guess grayson sees him as a too `one dimensional’ player, because as you say paynter looks like a big unit, so the old too fat reason has gone out of the window.

    With players like Watt, Gradel, Sam and Sondgrass to play on the wings his chance has well and truly gone, but in my view he has never got a real chance at Leeds and thats a shame.

    I hope we do see Mccormack on the nech at least this weekend, as I think hes a top quality player at championship level and would combine well with either becchio or Somma.

    Still not overwhelmed by the prospect of paynter, though maybe i’m being harsh.

  • mikelufc

    Robbo is just another in a long list that larry takes a dislike to and therefore they are buggered. Not sure why the miserable tight git Bates tolerates high earners larry refuses to play.
    If Fans feel sorry for him then you can well understand so do the players.
    Shit man management.

  • Tim Campbell

    Just wondered how ben parker looked last night; things attacking wise look good for us, I think connolly has settled in a bit better now – finally will there be anyway back for ‘hard as nails’ naylor?:O

  • Christopher Gee

    Robbo’ joined the the wrong club. At 31 he’s in a squad which is bursting at the seams with forwards and attacking midfielders, whilst Hull have to rely on a few youngsters, Nick Barmby and the odd own goal. Feel sorry for him but the club comes first every time.

  • Tim Wilsom

    I’d give Robbo a shot myself. Not the fastest but definitely solid and has a nice foot on him, shame. We look to be settling down nicely, as said, we got goals in us

  • Jim Barnett

    I’d like to see McCormack in for the next game, with Snoddy shifted to the left and Howson to the right. Lambert wouldn’t see that one coming, which would potentially avert a repeat of Howson being man-marked as per the Hull game.

    You only have to look at Youtube for a reminder of McCormack’s quality (08/09 season in particular)….fast, good touch and a tendency to hit the target.

  • Paul South Wales

    I’m gutted Robinson never got going, because he was awesome for Swansea, and i always wanted us to sign him. I was made up when we did, it just never worked out for him. As for his constant weight jibes, yes he carried a bit, but he always has and it never stopped him scoring some very important goals for Swansea. He should have stayed and gone up with them, it’s a shame someone hasn’t come in for him, what a waste of a talent, wages are a sticking point probably.

  • les irwin

    i think robbo will be payed up in jan and leave with a mutual tearing up of contract , i like mccormack in theory with paynter and him along with becchio .gradel somma and others we should have plenty at the strikers end