By Danny Wright

Former Leeds United midfielder David Prutton has aimed a subtle dig at Garry Monk’s spending at Middlesbrough ahead of his return to Elland Road on Saturday.

Monk left Whites fans bewildered in May when he exited the club despite leading them to seventh in the Championship table and with Andrea Radrizzani taking full control of ownership.

The ex-Swansea boss then decided to join recently-relegated Middlesbrough, where he has since splashed the cash on assembling the most expensive attack force in the league.

Martin Braithwaite, Ashley Fletcher and Britt Assombalonga were all brought in for a combined total of around £30million – more money than some Premier League sides had spent all summer.

However Boro sit just fifth in the table after an indifferent start that saw some fans on Teesside begin to question Monk’s leadership.

Sky Sports pundit Prutton believes that Boro are yet to fulfill what many people expected of them before the season started, but has made it clear that Leeds cannot afford to lose to them in what is no doubt going to be a passionate match this weekend.

“Boro are now up in fifth but they have had an indifferent start and perhaps not as much of a consistently strong to the season as we thought after spending a lot of money,” he said on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.

“But I think for Leeds it’s absolutely imperative from a pride point of view and also from a points and stakes in the league point of view that Garry doesn’t beat them and therefore vindicate his decision to leave because of where he saw the club heading. Otherwise you will think he might have been on to something there.”

Leeds haven’t been in the best form themselves ahead of the game with Thomas Christiansen also coming under pressure after losing six of the last seven league fixtures.

In other Leeds United news, fans reacted on Twitter to the performance of Stuart Dallas for Northern Ireland on Sunday.

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