Noel Whelan has pointed the finger at “shocking” Stuart Dallas and the Leeds United defence for the team’s wretched end to the Championship campaign.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker claimed the team’s conversion rate of chances has been their achilles heel all season and insisted only Kalvin Phillips emerged from the 3-2 defeat to Ipswich Town with any credit.
But Whelan highlighted the seven goals conceded against Ipswich, Wigan Athletic and Brentford – all three sides ended in 11th or below in the table – as proof of how easy the backline is being breached.
“The seven goals conceded all came from schoolboy errors,” Whelan said. “We (Leeds) have to score a very well-worked goal and have to really work for our goals, whereas the opposition are being granted them so easily.
“The defence has been reliable and one of the best in the league over the course of the season. Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson have been outstanding at centre-back. But, since Cooper came back from a two-game lay-off, everyone seems to be getting pulled out of position.
“Dallas was shocking at Ipswich. He was nowhere to be seen for one of the Dozell goals, got caught completely out of position. That’s the problem when you have an attacking left-back who likes to go forward.”
Leeds are now preparing for the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Derby County at Pride Park on Saturday evening.
Whelan expects Dallas will remain at left-back – amid season-ending injuries for Ezgjan Alioski and Barry Douglas – even though Marcelo Bielsa can call upon the experienced Gaetano Berardi as an alternative.
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