By Danny Wright

13th Mar, 2018 | 1:27pm

'He needs to prove himself' - Radrizzani delivers blunt verdict on Leeds senior man

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani believes that manager Paul Heckingbottom still has some way to go to prove himself at Elland Road.

Since taking charge of Leeds in February, Heckingbottom has overseen just one win in seven games, adding little in way of improvement from when Thomas Christiansen was sacked.

The Whites’ 1-0 win against Brentford last month has been their only one in all competitions in 2018 and since then the Yorkshire giants are without a win in three and have conceded eight goals.

Radrizzani has been on quite the warpath in the last week, criticising Wolves’ transfer activity through the use of super-agent Jorge Mendes before issuing a stark warning to his own players on Tuesday.

The Italian business was not afraid to give a blunt assessment of senior man Heckingbottom too, admitting that the ex-Barnsley manager still has some improvement to do.

“I’m pleased with his leadership and communication skills and his motivation. He needs to prove himself but I’m convinced he can be a good coach for the club. Hopefully he will get better results,” he said, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post reported Phil Hay on his personal Twitter account.

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Heckingbottom has not seen any real improvement to the Leeds squad which suggests that the problem was not with the management. It has to be down to the fact that this squad of players is not good enough and Victor Orta has assembled a squad that was worse than the one Garry Monk had last term. Chris Wood has been replaced by Pierre Michel-Lasogga, Rob Green with Felix Wiedwald and Charlie Taylor with Laurens De Bock. Pretty much all of the class of 2017/18 is worse than the one before it. The buck must stop with the recruitment now and not the management.

In other Leeds United news, it has been confirmed that Heckingbottom was on the phone to this Premier League centre-forward just hours after arriving at Elland Road.

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