If Leeds Utd Wont Take Somma Plenty Will
Davide Somma is back training with Leeds United in a bid to make a dramatic return to the club. He is even willing to go out on loan to prove his fitness after a career threatening knee injury saw him score 13 goals in 38 games. The last time he proved his worth to Leeds was when Somma had a fantastic loan at Lincoln that ensured our League survival thanks to 9 goals in 14 games with many of them absolute jaw droppers. A goal machine so exciting he should come with a government health warning and two spoonfuls of bromide for your half-time tea – and I saw Bergkamp in his prime!
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Leeds find themselves struggling to score this season with just 10 in 11 games earning an average of under one a game. The talented lad is more than willing to prove himself according to recent comments to BBC Sport. “If I had to go on loan to prove my fitness then that’d be fine,” he said. “My heart is in this country and I want to prove myself here. I feel like I have unfinished business.” That was the reason Simmo came back to Lincoln City.
Leeds had been more than fair to Somma, now 28, who had a season ticket in the sick-bay before his contract ran down. They had covered the operation and rehab and boss Brian McDermott even told the lad that he would have a look at him when he returned from injury. True to his word he has but Davide is still at least a month away from proving himself. Even if miracles could strike twice, Lincoln, with a budget just big enough for one loan signing, would surely see Somma as well out of our reach? Bob would be a hero is he did, a statement of ambition that would put a thousand on the gate for his debut!
Sommatime and the scoring is easy………………….
When, the then Leeds manager, Simon Grayson, leant us Davide Somma in February 2010, we Imps were given a treat. I got me poetry books out, got a banjo and a case of Southern Comfort and waxed lyrical…..Oh Somma-time and the scoring was easy, as Davide pinged a piquant peach in off the post, on his debut in the 1-1 home draw with Crewe. Dario was most ungratified. Indeed all of his goals had a jaw dropping quality about them, including a brilliant long-range brace with grace against Bournemouth that took the Cherry-picking Roman Springbok to 7 goals in 9 appearances.
His eighth was a parting shot one can never forget, set to the backdrop of the Sincil Bank scale version of the Bridge of Sighs, Impdom rose with his rising cupid plucked arrow whistled into the top corner of The Stacey West net. It was against Bury, apt given we had returned almost from the dead for another season at least. He had saved us, yes, but beauty had tamed the beast at the bank with every one of his 8 strikes worth the gate money in their own right.
Somma, by his own admission, learned plenty from Sutton, so the loan looked to be to the mutual benefit of all parties. Even Sanchez Payne and Will Hatfield looked on the way for the following season… but oh how the footballing fates can strike. Alas, although Davide bagged a brace on his debut against Millwall, his Leeds career or love affair turned tragic tryst would be limited to just 13 often fantastic goals from 38 cameo appearances in all competitions.
|FULL NAME||Davide Enrico Somma|
|DATE OF BIRTH||26 March 1985 (age 28)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|HEIGHT||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|WEIGHT||12st 7lb (79.37kg)|
|PLAYING POSITION: STRIKER|
|CURRENT CLUB||Leeds United|
|SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)|
|2008–2009||San Jose Earthquakes||4||(0)|
|2010||Lincoln City (loan)||14||(9)|