By Harvey Byrne
Former Leeds midfielder Steve Hodge has claimed that midfield duo Hadi Sacko and Alex Mowatt “gave the club nothing” during the defeat against Derby on Saturday.
The pair started on the wings for the Yorkshire giants, with Mowatt in an unnatural position on the left, while Sacko was on the right.
Both players were brought off at various stages of the clash against the Rams and former midfielder Hodge, who played at Leeds for three years between 1991 and 1994 was left disappointed with the two wide men.
“No goals for again,” started Hodge speaking to TV Yorkshire’s YouTube channel after the match. “Overall creation wasn’t enough. You wanted to see Sacko up against the young left-back and in the end he won the battle on the day and Sacko was taken off.
“Mowatt is not really a left-winger by trade. He doesn’t really have a trick or pace to go by anyone. He works hard for the team. But both those areas today gave Leeds nothing. Because of that fact Chris Wood got nothing in the penalty box.”
Leeds’ defeat against Derby was their second loss in three Championship fixtures.
They will be keen to turn around their poor form as after a slow start Garry Monk’s position as manager was rumoured to be nearing it’s end under owner Massimo Cellino, who isn’t shy of getting rid of a boss.
The Yorkshire giants will face Wigan next in midweek, who currently sit in the relegation zone in 22nd place with 16 points from their first 12 fixtures.
In other Leeds team news, midfielder Eunan O’Kane described the defeat to Derby as a “disappointing result” on Twitter.