Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn handed a start to midfielder Granddi Ngoyi last night, but the midfielder couldn’t help to prevent a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Norwich City.
The Canaries were just too strong and Redfearn continued a recent trend of switching things up in midfield to give new players a chance over the remaining games this season.
His performance didn’t set the world alight, but it was solid and he showed enough to suggest Redfearn has another good option in the middle of his team, as the side waits for Lewis Cook to return to action after injury.
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His passing accuracy during the game was low at 64% which is something that the player and the manager will be looking to improve over the next couple of weeks.
It’s not surprising considering he hasn’t played a great deal, but it’s not helpful because Leeds are at their best when they retain the ball effectively in all games.
In terms of the number of touches he had, as well as the number of duels and interceptions he won during the game, he was competitive.
He only made one successful tackle during the game, but seemed to show that he has decent core strength although he seemed to struggle with the pace of Norwich’s attacking play.
The real challenge for him and the question he needs to be asking himself is how does he stay in the team?
Leeds are spoilt for choice in terms of central midfield options with Kalvin Phillips also pushing for more starts over the rest of the season.
If he has aspirations of staying at Elland Road rather than heading back to Italian side Palermo, he needs to try and show Leeds a bit more, which suggests that he’s worth fighting for.
Here’s what Leeds United fans had to say about Ngoyi’s performance on Twitter.
Ngoyi is the brightest player on the pitch for me. Great at challenging and sticking a foot in. Just needs to work on his passing #lufc— CrossMagic (@CrossMagic) April 14, 2015
I'm sorry Redders, but Ngoyi looked the part?— Liam Thornton (@THORNO_) April 14, 2015
I don't know about you lot but, N'Goyi was brilliant, best I've seen in a while and Montenegro looked mint when he came on #lufc— CJ (@BazingaCJ) April 14, 2015
Good first half from N'Goyi IMO, Norwich just pulled him out of position in second and found a way to get at our defence— adam (@y12ajg) April 14, 2015