Bafana Bafana bound

Following in the footsteps of Lucas Radebe, Leeds United’s latest South African hero, Davide Somma could be set to make his international debut after his impressive run of form set the alarm bells off in Camp Bafana Bafana.

South Africa’s coach, Pitso Mosimane was in Europe recently scouting South African players ahead of The Nelson Mandela Challenge game to be held in Cape Town later this month. Unfortunately for Mosimane, Leeds United didn’t play during his visit but it could be just as well if the manager’s geography is as weak as African Soccer website, Kickoff.com who seem to think Leeds is a suburb of London!

Despite the unfortunate timing of his visit, Mosimane is still giving serious consideration to Davide;

“The main purpose of the trip was to go and watch as many players as possible, including Somma, but I heard that he won’t be playing this past weekend so I ended up not going to England.

“…Having not seen Somma in action does not mean he is out of contention for the friendly in Cape Town, I might bring him down to have a closer look at him, but that is something I am still discussing with my technical team.”

Great news then for Davide, but not so great for Leeds United. The game is due to be played on Wednesday the 17th of November, which is right between the visit of Bristol (13/11) and our trip to Norwich (20/11). Whilst there is a few days either side of the fixture, a return trip to South Africa and three games in a week might be a little too much for Leeds’ liking?

  • Mike

    Is this the same player Larry was very reluctant to use pretty much the same as he is for NUNEZ ?

  • LSD&2Es

    It can only be good for Somma and Leeds if he goes and plays. Strikers are all about confidence and that would give him a massive boost. We’ve got plenty of cover in Paynter and Nunez

  • Mike

    @LDS2Es
    and Becchio???
    and Paynter is proven is he??

  • Dje

    Can’t we tempt Somma to aim for the Italian national squad instead? There’d be less chance of him getting injured or talent spotted when he doesn’t get selected for the Italians each and every time, and he wont be jet-lagged from traveling three quarters of the globe and back six times a year. Really, for South Africa – is it worth it?

  • les irwin

    i would take paynter over somma any day of the week let him go to play for the double bafanas .,.let me say this again somma has no long term future at leeds like i did say about mr no squad number out on loan never to return grella .i like em both actually but there are better palyers than both of those 2 on the dole ,
    somma has taken his chances he is top scorer but he was on the bench sat while becchio played and paynter came of the bench is that any way to treat your top scorer .i wouldn’t

    • TSS

      @number1inyorkshire

      I’m still irritated over him being left on the bench. This persistence with Luciano, I can only assume is because his contract is almost up and Larry is trying to convince him to re-sign? Both Paynter and Somma are better than Becchio – McCormack too probably.

      • les irwin

        i agree don’t rate becchio as an out and out striker just like i never did smith ,for me its ,paynter and McCormack maybe another i would like us to get some real pace and a proper striker with it like beckford had ,for me becchio can go with johnson .charlie austin .adam lefondre and 1 or 2 others are worth a punt

      • Gryff

        @TSS

        The same guy that isn’t willing to judge Nunez after two appearances & his world cup appearances is completely convinced that Paynter (who has played a grand total of about 10 mins for Leeds) & McCormack (probably not much more than Paynter) are better than Becchio?

        I reckon you’re right with McCormack, but i’m not sure how you can put their ability on a scale when Nunez has been tried and tested in various teams, while McCormack & co. haven’t even made an impact in the reserves. McSheffrey is doing well at the Skyblues now, yet he was rubbish for Leeds. Could be that McC & Paynter end up the same as McSheffrey/Andy Robinson!

    • Mike

      No.1
      You sometimes talk sense and sometimes you make no sense.

    • Mike

      Sometimes No.1 you make a lot of sense and sometimes you make none at all. Somma is the best prospect we have…..

      • les irwin

        mike i know what you mean about somma but do you think grayson likes him he has been fantastic all season when he has played especially agianst millwall its nothing personal against him .but there have been many on here who like grella and would give him a start every time but i said he had no future ,he is at carlisle now,with no squad number and will probably be gone in jan and certainly in june ,i will nail my colors to the mast and say the same with somma ,like i said he is top scorer ,in my opinion offers more than becchio as an allrounder but still sat on the bench on sat ,albeit in a game we were winning easily ,i think him and paynter would be fantastic .but if its a choice between him and paynter with becchio ,i will take paynter and i think so will grayson ,theres a couple of others been linked so where does that leave somma especially with McCormack aswell ,sadly on the bench or out on loan when his deal is up at end of season

      • badras

        well said . becchio and somma all the way me thinks for this season

    • badras

      the reason for somma not playing was that leeds were aiming to shut up shop and just maybe leeds will be playing sommer instead of bechio against coventry. paynter was brought on to show he is back at 4-1 why would you bring another inform striker on and risk injury . and for saying there is better than somma on the dole pfff. i rate somma better than beckford for a start. i also read a few weeks ago that somma was the most dangerous striker in the top 3 divisions for goals to minutes played.

  • Bill Fox

    Now we just need the Argies to recognise the true value of Luc.

    • TSS

      @captaincrash Is Maradona still in charge? I wouldn’t rule anything out if so!

  • Bill Fox

    @TSS

    Sadly he’s moved on. I was hoping he’d get the Boro job!!

  • Colin

    I found out an interesting fact about Somma the other day.

    Do you know what is favourite fruit is??

    Banana banana :)

  • TheReaper08

    @colin Hang your head in shame…

    • Colin

      @TSS
      Since you mention the head, do you know what is Somma’s favourite headgear of choice?

      Bandana bandana

      • les irwin

        the scaffold is built ,the sentence passsed.no more banana bandana jokes or you will be exiled to huddersfield who’s being telling you jokes norman hunter

      • Colin

        i meant to reply to @TheReaper08 rather than @TSS to provide the bandana retort. Sorry Reaper.

  • les irwin

    just being watching spurs ,any chance we can get bale on loan he was fantastic today

    • Colin

      did spurs win in the end?

      • les irwin

        3-1 i have to sat they were fantastic its a change to the usual suspects bale was world class he made there right back look like connelly

        • Colin

          wow!

  • Colin

    @number1inyorkshire @TheReaper08 okay okay no more banana, no more bandana, but I just wanted to say, did you know that the Leeds players take it in turns to choose which music they play on the coach journeys…

    …When it’s Somma’s turn he puts the same stuff on repeat, it’s just Santana Santana

    • les irwin

      EFFF ORRRFFFFF
      LOL

      • les irwin

        NO HE LIKES bananarama bananarama
        look youv’e got me started

        • Colin

          nice nice