Davide-SommaDavide Somma could make his return to the Leeds United first team this weekend after battling back from an anterior cruciate ligament injury which has kept him sidelined for the best part of two seasons.

The South African striker returned to training two weeks ago and has since featured for Leeds United’s reserve side. He was also part of a Lorimer’s Bar event last night which included Ross McCormack and Paul Green alongside other members of the Leeds United first team.

Somma burst onto the scene at the start of the 2010-11 season, scoring 4 goals in his first 4 appearances for the club. Finishing the latter part of the season with 12 goals to his name and a reputation as something of a super-sub following a string of vital goals from the bench, big things were expected of the striker in 2011-12.

However, an injury sustained in pre-season training – first expected to keep him sidelined for six months – was followed by a string of complications which have resulted in the striker making only 2 appearances since.

Somma’s return from injury comes at a time when The Whites have been struggling for options up front, and while it remains to be seen whether Somma is as sharp and effective as he was previously, Neil Redfearn may consider him a risk worth taking ahead of Sheffield Wednesday’s visit this weekend.

  • Ron

    Apart from the form of Sam Byram and perhaps the debut of young Dawson, Somma’s return may be the only other ray of light in a very tough and disappointing season. Good luck Davide.

    • Matthew

      The season hasn’t been disappointing, excuse my language but this season has been fucking awful and we’re at major risk of relegation. On the bright side, we’l probably go to wembley and win the JPT, we still need too, and will come back up again lol

      • kev raunds

        if we lose Saturday we are fucked,cant see us winning any of the other games.sort it out gfh people wont invest if we get religated.

        • Matthew

          Exactly, if anything when are we supposed to panic? We’re 17th now with teams below us that can pick up points easily enough.

          If anything, the season has long since been over for us, I honestly hope we finish in a position that has GFH shitting themselves if we avoid relegation, forcing them to either invest or sell the club to someone with money.

          Because I can see next season going worse than this, a bunch of freebies in the summer can’t replace what we’ve lost.

          • Matthew

            Shit this came out twice. Would you mind deleting this and the duplicate comment please TSS?

          • Ron

            I totally understand the panic mate, but I didn’t want to rain on a positive story. Now that I’ve started however, anyone calling for a new manager before the summer is deluded because who is going to take over a Leeds team that may be in League 1 next season? The new manager could blame GFH or Warnock, but at the end of the day will McDermott et. al really want to manage in League 1? I doubt it. It’s now up to the players to really play for the shirt and the fans who have always stuck by them. Hopefully Somma is one of them and I’m sure he’s keen to show us he appreciates every minute in a white shirt.

          • Matthew

            I agree, if anything there’s too much uncertainty for any decent manager to want to give us a go..

            If we get relegated, I honestly would suggest Simon Grayson should come back.

            I think a lot of people will be bricking it looking at the table if we lose against the Wendys on Saturday. While we won’t drop much, we’l likely end up in 18th/19th by Saturday night if the worse happens.

            I can see us picking up a draw against Brum or Burnley. And as for Somma, lads been so unlucky, it’d be nice to see him back and playing again, hopefully he can bang in a few goals for us and keep us up.

  • He must be desperate to feature before the end of the season. He’s got to prove to someone at the club that he’s worth offering a new deal and has little time to do it. I hope he gets a chance. Would love to see him have another run in the side, finally free from injuries.

  • JDC

    Welcome back Davide Somma … if you are given your opportunity, try to show the rest where the back of the net is … good luck.

  • Well good luck to u davide let’s hope u get your chance.
    For me I would put him in with maccormak and hopefully the team will play football as the last time they played it was hoof shite so they never got a lookin. 3points against weds please mot.

  • derbyshire white

    Putting him on from the start at Hull in December was always going to be a gamble and his lack of match fitness really showed. Is he out of contract in the summer? If so it’s going to be a tough decision, but I really hope he can prove himself.

  • markman

    I wish him well.but rarely do players come back from a bad injury

    to play at their previous level.

    • David Brown

      Same here, I’d like to see him told to relax, not to rush, and given another year.

  • Flippin-Pop-It-Bruva

    This has cheered me up no end. Not sure if i would play him from the start though as he cant be super match fit but would lift the crowd coming on at sixty mins. I watched him play a few seasons ago against Coventry at the Ricoh and he just had that bit of class we have lacked this season and as the clock was ticking down Somma took the ball to the opposite corner and ground the clock down something only Diouf did at the start of the season. i wish him the best. Us Leeds fans have always kept the faith as we could see the ability and the wages werent wasted whilst he was injured and happy to see the club showing this sort of loyalty. Just hope that Somma can know that we arent all pinning the season on him and to relax in front of goal and show the composure we need from him as the goals will come no doubt about that. Will be interesting to see him paired with Poleon or Mccormack or both in a 4-3-3. we need to go for it against Wednesday and put this relegation Hoo-doo to bed starting on saturday and building momentum till we bring in a decent manager [for me i wish the bookies are right with Di Matteo but i know how they like to add random names to keep us guessing] think i agree with Redfern in that we need to sort this out before the end of the season just to give the players a lift. Its been said that some candidates will become available at the end of the season any guesses TSS to the candidates that may become available in the summer?

    • David Brown

      The candidates who will become available will all have been sacked by other clubs. We should get someone now. McDermott safe choice, O’Leary dangerously exciting choice. All others are either wishful thinking (Di Matteo) or terrible (Hughes).

      • Flippin-Pop-It-Bruva

        I’m just wondering who the likely sacked managers could be Lambert? [only if villa are relegated which looks unlikely] Martinez [could be relegated but dont think Wealen would sack him] The most likely being Pullis who i could see at Leeds but wouldn’t be a very popular choice with the fans after a demoralizing season of hoofball could we stand another season of 2d tactics? Maybe The delay isn’t to do with waiting for available managers as the candidates best suited are available right now but they are busy behind the scenes trying to fund getting the new manager and giving him a kitty for players in the summer [I would predict that the total budget being about £5 mill, £2 mill of that coming from the last investor. If you were given a £5 mill budget till August what proportion would you spend on a manager [bearing in mind Poyet would cost £2.5, Di matteo would cost you in wages] I do think that the kitty will increase with the inevitable sale of Byram to prem club [lucky if we get 4-5 mill] and maybe our summer signings will be bought with this money?? We will all be a bit gutted if we sell our most promosing player for the third season in a row but we have to fund getting the whole team better and think this would actually be a good thing for the club if we have the right manager who is good in the transfer market [Mcdermott & Poyet] Any thoughts??

  • walt kelly

    i have supported the whites since revie became manager i,m now 66year old and never realy found any one to take the place of the old squad brem hunt charl clarky but this boy sommer is somthing special anyone else would have throwen in the towel for what he has gone through but no he just digs in and keeps comming back take your time davide i am looking forward to seeing you back in the first team and look forward to seeing some great goals i know you will be scorering best of luck son

  • spellz

    Good luck to David Somme, he is a great talent and I hope he preforms at a similar level to what he once did, a great marksman and sure to net a few too keep us up.

  • markj222

    hes the kind of player that would suit at passing side. The hoofball we are playing at the minute wont suit him, like it doesnt suit mccormack

  • spellz

    Different subject but di matteos odds have been further reduced shading on even money with most firms at 6/5, the only question remains why would he? other sources claim he will take the job at schalke only time will tell.