27-year-old struggles: The three worst Leeds players from defeat v Wolves
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Leeds suffered a 1-0 defeat against Wolves on Monday in the Championship and that saw them slip out of the play-offs on goal difference.
The Whites have been a consistent side during most of the campaign, but now have just three games to salvage their season if they want to obtain promotion.
Here, Football Insider analyses the three worst players from the defeat to Wolves as a number of players saw their high standards dip considerably.
Leeds captain Liam Bridcutt struggled to make an impact against Wolves as his side were blown away in the first-half. The 27-year-old is usually the controlling force in the midfield, but his team were second best to everything in the opening 45 minutes. He was sat too deep in front of the defence and the Whites had to soak up a lot of pressure in the first-half. Bridcutt was replaced in the 56th minute by manager Garry Monk and left the field after a disappointing display. The absence of Leeds youngster Ronaldo Vieira was very notable in the middle of the park and he could have offered more dynamism.
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Leeds defender Gaetano Berardi has been one of the most reliable players at Elland road this season, but suffered a big drop in standards on Monday. The full-back, who has been playing out of position at right-back, made several mistakes in his own half. The 28-year-old was taken off in the 63rd minute and was replaced by Charlie Taylor, who will surely be pushing for a starting position in the remaining games. Berardi was unable to get to grips with the pace of the Wolves game and nearly cost his side a couple of goals with some sloppy moments in possession.
Leeds’ young midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been inconsistent this season and the Wolves match was one of his poorer performances. The 21-year-old demonstrated the positive side of his game in the 3-0 win over Preston as he thrived alongside teammate Vieira, but didn’t have the same influence against Wolves. The central midfielder was sloppy in possession throughout the game and didn’t provide the same attacking threat as usual. He tried to put himself about in the middle of he park, but Leeds were missing a controlling figure in the centre.
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