Indifferent and below-par: BBC pundit delivers verdict on Christiansen situation at Leeds
By Danny Wright
Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has found himself under increased pressure after Saturday’s defeat at Brentford, but Noel Whelan believes that the board should stick with the Dane a while longer.
Whites fans were furious after the loss at Griffin Park which saw them slump to 10th in the Championship standings after getting their hopes up about promotion to the Premier League earlier in the season.
Calls for Christiansen to be sacked grew louder than they have done before, but BBC Radio Leeds pundit Whelan doesn’t believe that would be the right decision at this stage and has pointed the finger at the players, questioning the effort that they have put in.
“They’ve [the players] got to have a long hard look at themselves. Are they mentally tough enough? Are they getting everything right? Are they putting enough into their training? Are they doing enough out there on the field? Because at the moment the results say no,” said Whelan, as shown on West Yorkshire Sport’s official Twitter account.
When asked about whether Christiansen should stay or go, the ex-Whites player responded: “I think you’ve got to stick with him. I think the players have got to take a lot of blame for the performances as well. You can’t turn up and play for 45 minutes, we said that last season.
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“At the moment we’re getting indifferent performances and below-par performances from individual players.”
— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSdaily) November 4, 2017
Leeds have lost six of their last seven league matches, a run of form that has stretched back until the end of September when they were beaten at Cardiff.
The Whites made huge changes in the summer and so far it seems that very few of their summer signings have improved the squad in anyway, with Samuel Saiz perhaps the only worth one mentioning in that regard.
After the international break is a very difficult game against Middlesbrough, who are managed by ex-Leeds boss Garry Monk.
Then follows an even harder game against table topping Wolves at Molineux.
In other Leeds United news, we look at three senior players that Christiansen must axe to save his job.