Leeds United’s first season back in the Premier League has been a very decent one so far as they sit 13th in the division. However, despite their relative success so far, Noel Whelan believes that there is still one type of player the club are missing.
What Whelan had to say about Leeds
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “We’ve got too many players out there that can’t change a game at times. They’re too polite, they’re too nice.
“There’s no Patrick Viera, Roy Keane, Paul Ince, people who are willing to fall out with their teammates for the sake of a win and demand from their players
“And I hate to say that because usually at Leeds, you’ve got somebody out there that’s horrible, someone that doesn’t mind ruffling a few feathers. But we’ve got none of that at the football club.”
Is Whelan right?
The fact that this is an issue at Leeds in the eyes of Whelan is noteworthy given his connection to the club. However, it is worth wondering how true such a statement is, especially when Leeds have a player like Kalvin Phillips in their midfield.
His defensive stats highlight that he loves to get stuck in as he has managed an average of 1.7 interceptions and 2.9 tackles per game (SofaScore). He has also won on average 6.1 duels a game.
Phillips also has five yellow cards this season, which emphasises that he could be the type of player who likes to ruffle a few feathers from time to time, but from the outside looking in, it’s tough to know if Leeds a player in the mould of the type of leaders he mentioned.
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