Ex-manager: Leeds can't replace 'outstanding' Phillips as four more stars ruled out v Wolves
Alex McLeish has bemoaned a “lack of high-class quality” among the Leeds United squad with four players ruled out against Wolves.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager admitted the Whites do not have an answer to losing the likes of Patrick Bamford or Kalvin Phillips.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Bamford, Luke Ayling and Junior Firpo will miss out through injury.
He also claimed Saturday would be “far too quick” for Phillips to return to action after his own layoff.
The midfielder picked up a calf injury before the international break and sat out against Southampton.
The Whites lost 1-0 to the Saints but rarely looked like threatening Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men.
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McLeish admitted Leeds do not seem to have the quality in their squad to replace their “outstanding” stars.
“I was watching the highlights of the Southampton game,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“It just showed the lack of the high-class quality when Raphinha’s not there, Bamford’s not there, Phillips.
“They’ve all been top performers. Let’s face it, they’ve been outstanding for Leeds in the past couple of years. Okay, Raphinha not long there but they’ve been just standouts.
“Losing one player is quite bad. When you lose three players of that quality, what a difference.”
Despite the numerous absences, Raphinha looks set to return for the Whites after international duty caused him to miss the Southampton clash.
Meanwhile, Bamford has missed Leeds’ last three games with an ankle injury.
He scored one goal in five Premier League appearances before being sidelined.
Bielsa’s men have picked up just one win this season and sit 17th in the league.