Leeds United and Nottingham Forest go head-to-head tomorrow afternoon in what is always a classic fixture no matter what division it’s played in.
Both sides want to get back to the Premier League, but only one made the ideal start last weekend and that was Leeds.
Here, then, we chat to Tom Bradley from I’d Radebe Leeds to look ahead to the game and discuss the last few days at the club…
1. A bright win last time out, how impressed were you with the nature of the performance at Ashton Gate?
It was a performance to savour against Bristol City and the 3-1 scoreline perhaps flattered The Robins. We saw the benefit of continuity in regards to keeping Marcelo Bielsa and how his style of play has given us a solid identity.
2. The window closed yesterday, how would you sum up your club’s business?
If you’re the type of person who believes you should spend when you sell then I think you’re well within your right to question what is going on.
However, I’m a firm believer of player quality rather than the price tag, as I think transfer windows inflate prices and you can often panic buy. Bielsa likes a small squad and that’s what we have. The acquisition of Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal on a season-long loan deal intrigues and excites me, so hopefully that proves to be shrewd business.
3. Forest up next, do you expect them to be promotion rivals?
I always get the impression that Forest are going through a transitional period that doesn’t seem to show signs of ending. Like us they’ve had more than enough managers in recent times, and their squad is ever-changing. It can be incredibly harmful when your club won’t settle on what it wants, so I think they will struggle to make the top six.
4. From their loss against West Brom, where do you think you can exploit them?
Their goalkeeper situation is a bit surreal. They have five senior goalkeepers, and signed the fifth following Arijanet Muric’s sorry afternoon against West Brom. I’m hoping it causes nerves for them and if we play like we did against Bristol City, we will have plenty of attempts at goal.
5. Score prediction
Leeds United 2 Nottingham Forest 0 – Hernandez to shine… again.