Hutton: 'Shocking' Leeds problem could continue for many weeks

Alan Hutton believes the pitch problems at Leeds United could continue for many more weeks. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and Scotland star admitted the surface was “shocking” before it was replaced and insisted it would still not be in an ideal state until later this month.

The Whites relaid the Elland Road turf last month for a reported £300,000 fee and have lost to Everton and beaten Crystal Palace at home since.

Players from both the Whites and the Eagles were seen slipping on the pitch in Monday’s 2-0 win.

Hutton insisted it would take time for the new surface to bed in at Elland Road and admitted it would not necessarily help Marcelo Bielsa’s men in the near future.

Asked if he thought the new turf would give Leeds a significant advantage, Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: Not necessarily.

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“I mean the pitch was shocking before, I heard them talking about it and how they didn’t have a chance to re-lay it at the start of the season because they didn’t have the time which is understandable.

“I’ve played on pitches that have been relaid and they’ve been solid, really hard and it’s difficult for both teams it takes a month or so for the grass to really bed in.

“So yes, a slight advantage, maybe, of knowing how slippy it is but you even saw the Leeds players on Monday night, the likes of Klich and that, slipping all over the place.

“It was a theme throughout the 90 minutes so until that pitch actually beds I think it will be difficult for any team that’s playing on it.” 

Leeds’ next home game sees them play host to Southampton on February 23.

In other news, an ‘exceptional’ Leeds United teenager has been tipped to make his debut after a big development.