5 last weekend surprises Leeds fans might see against Rotherham

Leeds United East Stand

With the Championship season drawing to a close on Saturday, there may be yet more surprises in store for disbelieving Leeds United fans.

It has been a campaign where Leeds fans have come to expect the unexpected, and with one game remaining against Rotherham United, a crowd expected to be above 30,000 may witness some more shocks.

1. An appearance from Aidy White

Injured in pre-season and having just returned to training, head coach Neil Redfearn has strongly hinted that the speedy 23-year-old will make an appearance on Saturday, most likely from the bench. White made his first appearance for Leeds in 2008, but is coming to the end of his contract and is running out of time if he wishes to earn a new one. Saturday may be his last chance, and equally, may be the last that fans see of him in a Leeds shirt.

2. A midfielder as top scorer?

Mirco Antenucci is currently the team's top scorer with 10 goals, but has been absent with injury in recent weeks. Alex Mowatt has played a vital part in Leeds' season, not least with his goal contribution from midfield. The 20-year-old has netted nine goals in 37 appearances, three of which have been the decisive goal in a slender 1-0 victory. Mowatt becoming top scorer would require a two-goal haul from the England Under-20 international, but he has form in this respect, having netted both goals in Leeds' 2-2 draw with Charlton at Elland Road in November. If Mowatt was to finish as Leeds' top scorer he would be joining illustrious company in the likes of Gordon Strachan and John Sheridan, as the last midfielders to pull off the feat.

3. An Elland Road goal for Steve Morison

The 31-year-old striker has scored his first goals for Leeds this season in the previous two games, the 2-1 defeat at Charlton and the 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, after a run of 23 blanks. However, Morison hasn't netted at Elland Road since scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win over Blackpool on February 20th 2013. This was also the only goal Morison has ever scored at home for Leeds. With Morison's attitude and endeavour being applauded by Leeds fans in recent weeks, he may cement a renaissance of sorts with a goal on Saturday, and for the first time in over two years and two months he will truly feel the warmth of the home crowd on his back. 

4. Two of the 'injured six' to play?

Redfearn has hinted that goalkeeper Marco Silvestri and striker Mirco Antenucci may make an appearance on Saturday. Both players formed part of the infamous group of six players that mysteriously reported injuries on the eve of the trip to Charlton two weeks ago. Since then, stories have attempted to distance the two players from the group and suggestions have been made that their injuries were genuine. If the two players make some kind of appearance on Saturday - and Silvestri returning as first choice goalkeeper appears the most likely - the reception they are afforded by the Elland Road crowd will be interesting. However, Redfearn may be keen to retain an unchanged team after last week's win at Hillsborough, but at least naming the two players on the bench will tell its own story.

5. Massimo Cellino making no appearance

The Football League has granted the banned president permission to attend Saturday's game - and the end of season awards dinner later that evening - as a spectator only. Having sat on the sidelines for the last three months, it will be killing Cellino to be out of the limelight, but he has suggested that he may stay away from Saturday's game also, and simply return to work on Monday morning when his ban is officially over. As a man who loves to be centre stage, it would be a huge surprise if Cellino doesn't make some kind of appearance this weekend, if only to gauge popular opinion on himself and Neil Redfearn, with key decisions to be made very quickly. 

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