'Being Honest...It's A Massive Worry' - Exclusive: Whelan shares big Leeds fear
Noel Whelan has revealed he is still seriously concerned by the quality of the Leeds United defending after Wednesday’s 5-2 win over Newcastle United.
The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has claimed Marcelo Bielsa’s men will have to score twice or more every game to ensure victory after watching them leak goals all season.
Jeff Hendrick and Ciaran Clark took advantage of Leeds’ defensive struggles to score on Wednesday night, with the Whites having conceded the joint-second-most goals (24) in the Premier League this term.
Bielsa has had to make do without Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Gaetano Berardi due to injury, meaning Luke Ayling has filled in as a makeshift centre-back in recent weeks.
Whelan has admitted he has come to terms with the fact Leeds are going to struggle to keep the opposition out and admitted he would be shocked if there were too many more clean sheets this season.
Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s a massive worry, and it’s not going to change. We’re very rarely going to keep clean sheets, I’m going to be honest with you. I think that’s just a fact now.
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“We’re going to have to go out there and score two goals, three goals to win a game. If we get a goal, and we get a clean sheet, I’ll be very surprised in the Premier League.
“I’m being honest, because we can’t defend from corners, that is our Achilles heel – always has been, for not just one year, two to three years now – we just don’t seem to get to grips with it.
“The way we play, we go out to score goals so we’re going to leave ourselves certain areas where we’re exposed, but if you can’t defend corners and set pieces against certain teams, you’re going to get found out, and we have done.
“I’ve just kind of come to the fact now that we’re gonna have to score two or three goals each game to win.”