Ben Parker thinks Leeds United should watch out for Sheffield United midfielder Oliver Norwood

Oliver Norwood of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on November 9, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

The Whites lock horns with the Blades at Elland Road in the Championship on Saturday.

Matt Fryatt of Leicester City and Ben Parker of Leeds United challenge for the ball during the Coca-Cola Football League One match between Leicester City and Leeds United at the Walkers...

With just nine games left in the Championship season, the race for the automatic promotion slots is hotting up, with Leeds United just two points behind leaders Norwich City and two ahead of third-placed Sheffield United.

Saturday is an absolutely crucial encounter between two of those which could have a huge bearing on the top-two race, as the Whites host Chris Wilder's Blades at Elland Road in the day's early kickoff.

 

Should Marcelo Bielsa's charges triumph on home turf, they'll leapfrog the Canaries back into top spot, putting the pressure on Daniel Farke's side ahead of their game at Rotherham United, as well as edging five points clear of the Bramall Road outfit.

The Blades have several dangerous players in their ranks, such as Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick, but former Leeds defender Ben Parker believes that midfielder Oliver Norwood should be the main focus of attention by the opposition.

Oliver Norwood of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on November 9, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

"He’s been at good teams at this level," Parker told LUTV. "It could have been quite easier to pick out another Billy Sharp or McGoldrick at the top end [as their best player], but he really makes this team tick. He gets on the ball, his range of passing is different class and what he can do is he can get into these positions and pop-up with a goal.

"He’s the kind of player you’d like in your side and not coming up against because he can pick you off, especially if we’re trying to press high up the pitch, players like him can pop it around you, so we’ve got to make sure we’re bang at it against him."

Norwood, 27, came through the ranks at Manchester United and has played for the likes of Huddersfield Town, Fulham and Brighton & Hove Albion in the second tier, and this season he has made 34 Championship appearances, scoring three goals and registering nine assists, according to Transfermarkt.

Oliver Norwood of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on November 9, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

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