Following Leeds United’s 1-1 draw away to Preston North End on Tuesday night, ex-forward Noel Whelan has made his feelings well known, stating there is much room for improvement.
Whelan, who scored seven goals in 52 appearances for the Lilywhites during his playing career, has revealed his feelings on the 1-1 draw at Deepdale – insisting that his former team must do better if they are going to challenge for promotion.
Despite the Lilywhites’ impeccable home record so far this season, according to Whelan, these are the games that Leeds need to be winning if they want to return to the top flight for the first time in 15 years.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds via Inside Futbol, the pundit blasted Marcelo Bielsa’s side and took particular aim at striker Patrick Bamford for not offering enough going forward. Indeed, the former Chelsea youngster attempted six shots (per WhoScored) without hitting the target once and, speaking to a wider team issue, there were only 7 accurate crosses out of an attempted 33.
“Was that a performance of a team that can go up this season? They have to improve a lot,” explained Whelan.
“No disrespect to Preston, I know they’ve got a great home record and they are an organised side here, but I look back at the chances once again, and we’re just squandering them.
“We can’t be doing that week in, week out when it could make games so much more comfortable for us.
“We’ve just seen a player [Nketiah] come on there, who’s full of confidence, scoring goals for the England U21s – he has one opportunity and he puts it in the back of the net.
“I’m not sure if we kept Patrick [Bamford] out there this evening we would have even got another point – but I’m not just putting this on his shoulders, there were plenty of players out there that could’ve done more.”
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