By Will Butcher
Leeds fans are elated on Twitter with Hadi Sacko after he starred in their 2-1 victory against Blackburn on Tuesday night.
The 22-year-old was the Yorkshire giants’ biggest threat with his speed and trickery on the right of midfield, as Kyle Bartley’s 86th-minute winner secured Garry Monk’s second domestic win of the season.
Sacko was the architect of Leeds’ first goal, seeing off Derrick Williams and Corry Evans in a mazy run that saw him reach the byline to pull back for New Zealand captain Chris Wood to finish emphatically past Jason Steele.
The on-loan Sporting Lisbon youngster, one of summer 11 recruits brought in to Elland Road, has been a rare positive in Leeds’ campaign. His pace and creativity has been a threat on the right of midfield and it was on show again against Owen Coyle’s side.
Supporters are delighted with their new signing, with many claiming Sacko to be Monk’s best piece of business.
Here are a selection of Leeds fans’ messages on Twitter:
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) September 14, 2016
sacko and pontus are definitely the 2 we need to sign fully out of the current loan crop #lufc
— j lamb (@whitevanlam) September 14, 2016
— TR4FFMEISTER 🐶 Mixer Streamer ⚡ (@Tr4ffmeister) September 14, 2016
— Tom Dockerty (@Tom_LUFC_MWD) September 13, 2016
— TH 💙💛 (@T70Hall) September 13, 2016
Jansson was qualified, Bartley looked good, impressed by O'Kane, and as for Sacko…we have a player and half in him #lufc
— MDH the I (@Denton91) September 13, 2016
One fan was so impressed with the 22-year-old’s performance, he compared him with fan favourite and Ivory Coast international Max Gradel.
— 𝗩𝗶𝗸𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗿 (@vsangar) September 13, 2016
The win for Leeds propels them up the Championship table after a dismal start to the campaign that has seen them already lose four times in seven games. They move out of the relegation place into 17th place, while Blackburn remain rooted to the bottom of the table.