By Alex Stevens
Rob Green has highlighted the youth of Leeds’ squad and admitted they lack streetwise players.
Garry Monk bought 11 new players in the summer window in a major overhaul but the Yorkshire giants have principally invested in players at the early stages of their careers.
Veteran goalkeeper Green, 36, admitted the lack of experience of many of his colleagues made Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Blackburn a landmark triumph.
He identified fellow 30-something Pablo Hernandez as the only other streetwise player in Monk’s team.
“When I first signed the manager told me he had some really good young lads,” Green said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “He’s right – they’re very good but they’re very young and in the circumstances Tuesday was huge.
“In no way could you call that game a six-pointer this early but for two home games in quick succession to pass with zero points or one point –well, it would have been hard.
“It’s fine to expect someone like me to deal with a rough patch and cope with the pressure. I’m old enough to bat it off, bat it off, bat it off.
“But for young lads, you want them to have good times. In the dressing room there’s me at 36 and then there’s Pablo Hernandez. After that the next eldest is 26, 27. I’ve probably played more games than all of the lads under 26 put together.
“It takes a while to learn about handling pressure and to be able to focus on the job. Life’s brilliant when it’s all going well. That’s when football’s easy. But on nights like Tuesday you need to find a way to keep on track, even though things are stacking up against you. It’s a big moment.”
Leeds are 17th in the table ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime Championship clash against Cardiff as they aim to improve on a run of just two wins from their opening seven league matches.
In other Leeds news, this Monk starting XI would beat Cardiff.