Date: 21st December 2018 at 10:52am
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Albert Adomah is expected to return for Aston Villa in time to face Leeds United on Sunday, and Dean Smith could make the decision to start the 31-year-old for reasons of industry. Leeds are top of the Championship table after 22 games and find a lot of joy attacking down the right flank with Pablo Hernandez to create chances, so Smith might look to Adomah to provide defensive protection.

It would be a big call, however. Adomah has been out of action since Villa’s 4-2 win over Birmingham City on November 25 and may be short of fitness. Smith started Yannick Bolasie and Anwar El Ghazi on the flanks in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City, but Adomah may provide more industry than El Ghazi which could see him picked ahead of the Netherlands winger.

Adomah averages a tackle or interception every 26 minutes in the Championship this season and has created more than twice as many chances (17) than El Ghazi (8). One negative is his decision-making, however, with Adomah prone for relinquishing possession cheaply. Nevertheless, he could be useful in straight lines, helping Hutton defensively and keeping the width in attack.

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