By Russell Edge
Former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has pointed the finger at the recruitment team at Elland Road with their summer signings having failed to impress in the Championship.
The Whites saw no less than 14 new faces through the door over the summer, with a mix of permanent and loan deals arranged as the club looked to improve on last season’s seventh placed finish.
While Thomas Christiansen saw his men make a bright start to the camapign, with the likes of Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Felix Wiedwald impressing, they have gone on a abysmal run of form which has seen them lose seven of their last nine league matches.
Such results have meant that the Whites have dropped from table toppers to sitting in tenth place in the Championship and are 12 points adrift of current league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Former boss Redfearn believes that while the summer imports have the talent to impress, a lack of experience in the second tier has caused the current disappointing run and points the finger at those who chose to bring them to Elland Road.
He told the Sunday Mirror in their print issue (11/12): “I look at the signings in the summer and there are not enough of them who know this division.
“The foreign players at Leeds have got ability and offer something – in this division the real nitty-gritty, horrible stuff needs to be done.
“I don’t blame the players. You have got to look at who recruited them.”
The Whites will hope to rediscover their winning ways when they host Middlesbrough, led by former manager Garry Monk, on Sunday, which will be followed by a visit to Molineux to take on top of the table Wolves.
In other Leeds United news, the manager’s top two transfer targets for January have been revealed.