Noel Whelan: I would hate to have played against this Leeds player

By Alex Stevens

Noel Whelan hailed the performance of Hadi Sacko in Leeds’ 2-1 Championship win over Blackburn on Tuesday night.

The on-loan winger, 22, was the outstanding player on the pitch as the Yorkshire giants ignited their league campaign with a last-gasp triumph at Elland Road.

Kyle Bartley scored the winner with four minutes remaining to secure a 2-1 triumph for the Yorkshire giants over the Championship’s bottom club.

Blackburn had levelled in the 78th minute after substitute Chris Wood had broken the deadlock after 65 minutes.

But defender Bartley’s header lifted Leeds’ points haul to seven points from seven league matches and took them to 17th in the table, a jump of five positions.

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Sacko, who joined Leeds in the summer on a season-long loan from Sporting Lisbon, has showed encouraging signs in the first month of the season and he was an electrifying presence on the right flank against Blackburn.

“He’s had an excellent game,” enthused ex-Elland Road striker to BBC Radio Leeds after the match. “He’s terrorised them down the right hand side from start to finish. He was confident, had a good game.

“He’s got pace, power, a trick, he gets past people and is the sort of player you’d hate to play against.”

Monk made three changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Huddersfield on Saturday, with Pablo Hernandez, Eunan O’Kane and Stuart Dallas replacing Alex Mowatt, Chris Wood and Kalvin Phillips.

The vistory will ease the pressure on manager Monk, whose position was under growing threat after four defeats in the Yorkshire giant’s opening six Championship matches.

In other Leeds news, Monk has dropped a hint about his future transfer activity in the free agent market.