Date: 26th October 2019 at 3:47pm
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Noel Whelan has ripped into Leeds United wingers Jack Harrison and Helder Costa after their recent form in the starting XI.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and lifelong fan of the Whites says that the debate over Patrick Bamford and Eddie Nketiah up front means that the men out wide are not coming under as much scrutiny for their displays.

Both Harrison and Costa have started the last six games for Bielsa, including Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Whelan says that the attacking pair have escaped criticism for their recent form but that they should be held accountable for the lack of goals at Leeds in recent weeks.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Our two wide men should be doing a lot more in the final third. They’re getting away with it because they’re classed as a front three if you think about it, it’s not just one lone striker.

“Harrison had a great chance the other night and he’s blew it. Those two players that I’m talking about in Harrison and Costa, all the pressure’s being put on Bamford and Nketiah.

“They need to step up, they’re getting away scot-free with all the arguments about Nketiah and Bamford we’re having.”

Harrison has started every single Championship game for Leeds this season, while Costa has featured in all their league matches either from the bench or in the starting XI.

The Whites take on Queens Park Rangers in their next outing, with the draw against Sheffield Wednesday leaving them sitting second ahead of Saturday’s other games.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills claims one senior star is “definitely” set for the axe against QPR.