Noel Whelan has claimed the 10-day gap between Premier League games is a double-edged sword for Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites striker and boyhood Elland Road fan delivered his verdict after striker Patrick Bamford revealed on the club’s official podcast he found the break “annoying” and would rather be playing regularly.
The Yorkshire giants were due to play Southampton in midweek but that game was postponed to allow the Saints to play their FA Cup third-round tie.
Leeds do not have a game this weekend after being knocked out of the competition by Crawley Town and their next fixture is against a struggling Newcastle United side on Tuesday evening.
Whelan understands Bamford’s feelings but believes the break could also allow the squad to recuperate.
He told Football Insider: “It’s a long time, especially when you’re not winning games. You want that next game to try and rectify the result and the mistakes you’ve made to get back to winning ways.
“Right now, they need to look at it as a nice gap after a couple of disappointing results and performances.
“I think a lot of clubs would love a 10-day break to regroup and give their bodies a rest.
“But when you’re on the back of two defeats it’s a different story and scenario because you want to turn those defeats into wins as quick as possible.
“It’s a long time to dwell and linger on a poor performance against Brighton.
“But on the other hand, when you’ve got so many injuries and niggles it’s a good time to recuperate and get everyone’s bodies back to a fighting fit state for a huge game against Newcastle.”
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