Noel Whelan urges Leeds to sign five players in this mould
By Tom Blackburn
Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan has called for the club to sign four or five players that will play “nasty”.
Leeds have started their league campaign with back-to-back defeats, losing 3-0 away to QPR before being beaten at Elland Road on Saturday by Birmingham.
Whelan has called on Monk to change the dynamic of the team by installing a few hard players that can control a match and the opposition do not want to play against.
“We need somebody who is going to be nasty, horrible and not out there to make friends because he is there to get the result,” Whelan wrote in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We are four or five players off at the moment in my mind and it’s four or five players that have got the right mentality and the quality.
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“I would love to see a horrible, nasty person within that side that is not bothered about ruffling some feathers in their own team and in the dressing room and out on the field – someone who is digging people out and spurring people on.
“We need at least two players like that – a horrible centre half and a horrible midfield player that is going to ruffle their feathers and a few of their own team. When you get the result you can all shake hands and have a cuddle afterwards.
“But while that game is going on you have got to demand, you have got to ask questions of your own players and not just the opposition as well.”
Current manager Garry Monk has already been given the opportunity to be active in the market this summer as he looks to continue his Elland Road revolution and return the Yorkshire giants back to the top flight of football.
Monk has made seven senior signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez.
Immediately after their defeat to Birmingham on Saturday, Whelan moaned that Chris Wood was off the pace and well below par.
The New Zealand international, 24, was hauled off by manager Garry Monk at the hour mark and replaced by Kemar Roofe.
“Well Wood wasn’t having the best of games,” Whelan said to the BBC West Yorkshire post-match programme on Saturday. “His touch was off today, far too heavy with his first-touch, trying to do too much.
“We put Roofe on in place of him and he played alongside Antonsson. But as much as he’s got lots of energy and enthusiasm for the game Roofe he’s just not a centre-forward.
“Hence we need another good striker.”
Up next for Leeds is a clash with Fulham, who have won two from two, at Elland road in on Tuesday.
In other Leeds news, Cellino eyes signings in three positions after the back-to-back defeats.