Leeds United take on Reading at the weekend and one of the Royals better players this season has been speaking about the fixture.
Andy Yiadom has started every game he was available for this season, although missed nearly two months of the season through injury. He is now back fighting fit and has featured for the full 90 minutes in Reading’s last two fixtures.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Reading Chronicle, the attacking full-back insisted his side will not prepare any differently for the game just because it is Leeds United.
“There’s a lot of history in the stadium and they are a team that are doing extremely well. Everyone’s looking forward to going up there and putting in a performance.
“To be honest, the game is not different to any other games in terms of preparation. We’re not any more focused, we just highlight the things we need to do to go there and put in a performance.”
Yiadom, of course, nearly became a Leeds United player himself. With his contract expiring at Barnsley and his former Tykes boss Paul Heckingbottom at Elland Road, it seemed he was set for an Elland Road switch in 2018.
However, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post at the end of May 2018, Leeds decided extra right-back cover was not needed, despite Heckingbottom’s intricate knowledge of Yiadom. His influence soon became irrelevant. He was sacked days later and eventually replaced by Bielsa.
Yiadom ended up at Reading, where he has become a consistent performer at the Madejski Stadium and will be hoping to show Leeds United what they missed out at the weekend.