By Amir Mir
Noel Whelan has issued a brutal response to Reading manager Jaap Stam after his criticism of Leeds ahead of their clash on Saturday evening.
BBC Sports pundit Whelan called the former Manchester United defender an “idiot” after he slammed the White’ style of play.
During the reverse fixture, Garry Monk’s side recorded a 2-0 win at Elland Road against their promotion rivals, who had 77 per cent possession of the ball.
After the match, Stam was critical of his opponents and couldn’t help but once again criticise Monk’s style of play ahead of the weekend showdown.
Former Whites player, Whelan, had this to say about Stam’s comments and what the players would think of the mind games from the former United player.
“It’s water off a duck’s back,” Whelan told Radio Leeds. “You would look at it and think ‘idiot’. No, [you’re not affected by it] because it is somebody having a whinge up.”
Despite all the talk off the field, the game could prove to be significant as to where the promotion-chasing duo finish at the end of the season.
At this moment in time, fourth-placed Leeds are one place and two points ahead of their weekend opponents with games of the season remaining.
Both teams go into this game on the back of impressive wins in the Championship which would have boosted their confidence.
Prior to the international break, Reading beat sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday away from home, while Monk’s side recorded an impressive 2-0 win at Elland Road against automatic hopefuls Brighton.