Alex Tettey is fit again and available for the Canaries’ trip to Leeds United on Saturday (5.30 pm ko), Daniel Farke told the assembled media at his Friday pre-match presser.
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The news is a timely tonic for City, although Tom Trybull has been an able deputy while Alex has been injured. He scored on his return to the side against Birmingham and was arguably the best Norwich player last week against Sheffield United, although the match sponsors didn’t see it that way.
So who does Farke go with, will it be Tettey or Trybull?
This game at Elland Road will not be for the faint-hearted. The fans on both sides, particularly Leeds, have been getting themselves into a bit of a lather about the Spygate letter, with the hashtag #WelcomeNorwich being widely used among some of the more deranged Leeds fans.
There’s been talk about attacking the Norwich team coach and generally playing up, with all the signs suggesting that this could be a feisty affair. Fortunately, there are also plenty of Leeds fans rejecting all that talk as being pathetic and just wanting to make the stadium a white-hot atmosphere in support of their team.
Against Sheffield United, if he had been fit, I would’ve played Tettey ahead of Trybull. I know Tom had a good game, I’ve said so myself already, but the strength, directness and general physicality of the Blades make me think that Tettey would’ve been a better bet. His own destructive physicality just might’ve helped us to hold onto the lead.
What to do against Leeds though?
The whites are a much better passing side, not dissimilar to our good selves although they can also go toe to toe if required. For this one, I think I would stick with Trybull and his superior passing ability. That would mean Alex could be on the bench if needed to shore things up, should we get something to hold onto.
In other team news, Moritz Leitner has joined in with some passing this week and Timm Klose is also improving although neither will be available for this one. Everyone else is fine though, meaning that Farke can use the same squad as he did last week with the addition of Alex Tettey.