Noel Whelan was incensed that Leeds United do not have a back-up striker at the club and insisted it is “a huge problem” for the remainder of the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Whites and Coventry striker claimed it was “a joke” that the club had no recognised striker among the substitutes against Cardiff City on Sunday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side struggled to break down the Bluebirds on their Championship return despite boasting 69 per cent possession.

Patrick Bamford spearheaded the attack but struggled once again in front of goal and with Tyler Roberts replacing the injured Pablo Hernandez in the starting XI there was no second striking option.

Whelan claimed Leeds were the only team in the Championship that had no replacement striker on the bench.

“It is a huge problem,” Whelan told Football Insider. “A huge problem!

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“I do not know any Championship side this weekend that did not have a striker on their bench. This is a joke, quite frankly.

“A team that is level on points, top of the league, only has one striker to choose from and no options on the bench.

“I cannot think of any side that has no replacement striker. That is poor for a club like Leeds United.

“I cannot remember a time where we have no had a second striker on the bench for the whole season.

“Most teams benches are stronger than Leeds, teams that are not even up there challenging.”

Jean-Kevin Augustin’s recurrence of a hamstring injury has forced Bielsa’s hand somewhat.

The January loan-signing was brought in to provide cover for Bamford after Eddie Nketiah returned to Arsenal but he will not feature for the club this season.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan gives his assessment of Ian Poveda’s first-team debut.

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