By Alex Stevens
Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman was impressed by the impact made by Leeds debutant Hadi Sacko in his team’s 3-0 defeat to QPR on Sunday.
Garry Monk’s first competitive match in charge was an uncomfortable one as QPR ran out convincing winners in the Championship clash at Loftus Road on Sunday.
Goodman identified the late cameo from Sacko, who replaced Kemar Roofe at the 75-minute mark, as a glimmer of optimism for Monk’s team in an otherwise gloomy afternoon.
“Sacko has been lively since he came on, he looks like he can take defenders on and beat them and make something happen,” Goodman said in the live commentary of Sky Sports’ coverage of the match. “He’s lively, direct, pacy and tricky.”
The 22-year-old winger joined the Championship club last month after completing a season-long loan from Sporting Lisbon.
Sacko has been with Sporting for two years following a £1million move from Bordeaux in 2014 but he is yet to establish himself in their senior side and spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on loan with second-tier French club Sochaux, where he scored twice from 14 appearances.
Nevertheless, Sacko, who plays predominantly on the right wing, is a player of pedigree and has won five France Under-20 caps.
In the match at Loftus Road, Rangers led early through a scrappy early goal from a corner following a Rob Green howler, with Nedum Onuoha claiming the final touch.
Onuoha almost provided a second goal before the interval, but Sebastian Polter saw his low left-foot shot hit a post from the defender’s ball in.
Tjaronn Chery’s penalty made it 2-0 after Ronaldo Vieira clumsily fouled Jordan Cousins, before Polter fired in a third with the game’s final touch.
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