By Danny Wright
BBC pundit Noel Whelan has claimed that Leeds United duo Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki do not give him enough confidence to provide decent back up to Pierre-Michel Lasogga if he gets injured this season.
Grot and Cibicki were both brought in by Leeds in the summer to provide an extra layer of strength in depth up front, but both have had a worrying start to life at Elland Road with neither of them scoring a single goal.
Neither of the attacking duo have been handed a decent run of games in Thomas Christiansen’s starting line-up, but Whelan believes he has seen enough of the two of them to say that they are not good enough to help the Whites achieve their goals this term.
“If Lasogga gets injured, from what I’ve seen of Grot and Cibicki, I can’t see them being the answer,” he said on BBC Radio Leeds on Tuesday night.
“I’m sick and tired of hearing people talking about age, and [saying] they’re young, that’s a poor excuse because you’ve got people playing in the first-team at 16, 17, 18.
“So once you come across that white line, you’re a man, you know what you’re doing, you know your job, you get it done.”
Grot appears to be Christiansen’s second choice forward, with the Dutch teenager filling in whenever Lasogga has been rested this term.
The ex-NEC forward has made 11 appearances across all competitions, however only two have them have been starts when he has played against Burnley and Leicester in the League Cup.
Cibicki has also earned just two starts in the same games as Grot, but is yet to even experience a minute of league action after being left on the bench or at home in the Championship games.
Even though the pair have barely played, Whelan has made it clear that from what he’s seen, he is completely unconvinced by the duo.
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