By Will Butcher
Alfonso Pedraza has claimed on Twitter he is becoming increasingly suited to life at Leeds in an upbeat message ahead of the team’s trip to Birmingham.
Pedraza, 20, is expected to be in the squad that faces Gianfranco Zola’s side on Friday evening in front of the television cameras, but may have to make do with a place on the bench.
The winger, who has failed to start for Leeds since the 2-0 loss to Cardiff, revealed on his personal Twitter account that he is becoming “more adapted” and “motivated” at Elland Road and is “ready” for the Championship showdown.
— Alfonso Pedraza Sag (@Alfonsopedraza9) March 2, 2017
Spaniard Pedraza joined the Yorkshire giants on deadline day in January from La Liga side Villarreal in a loan-to-buy deal that could see him sign permanently if Leeds gain promotion.
However, Pedraza is yet to prove himself under manager Garry Monk as the former Lugo loanee struggles to fend off competition from the likes of Hadi Sacko, Stuart Dallas and Kemar Roofe.
The Spain Under-21’s international has been overlooked by Monk in the last three matches, remaining as an unused substitute against Bristol City, Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday.
Wearing the number 29 shirt, Pedraza will be hoping to have impressed former Swansea boss Monk on the training ground enough to be given just his second Leeds start.
Supporters of the Yorkshire giants will be delighted that the 20-year-old is settled at the club and raring to go as they close in on a play-off spot.
Three points against Zola’s Midlands outfit on Friday will see Monk’s side go within one point of third placed Huddersfield, who play against Newcastle on Saturday evening.
In other Leeds news, Don Goodman has delivered his verdict on Leeds achieving the play-offs.