Noel Whelan has slaughtered the performances of Hadi Sacko at Leeds United after his exit from Elland Road was confirmed.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites striker and lifelong fan of the club tore into the 25-year-old for his lack of defensive contribution and “shocking” levels of consistency, saying that the Mali international had him tearing his hair out in frustration more often than not.
Sacko confirmed his departure from Leeds via his personal Twitter account, going on to reveal he had secured a return to Turkey, having spent the second half of last season on loan with Ankaragucu, with a permanent move to Denizlispor.
Whelan did not shy away from criticising the French-born attacker upon his exit, insisting that while he had all the attributes to be a success, he could never show the quality to hit the expected heights at Elland Road.
“He wasn’t good enough. He’s like a firework – you’d see a glimpse, that’s it, nothing else,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“He didn’t track back, he didn’t defend, he ran into blind alleys at times, didn’t know where he was going half the time with a football, his end product was shocking. He’s one of those frustrating players where you could see the ability but never produced.
“That’s a shame because there’s a player there but it’s these smoothing edges of a player, like your final ball, your cross, your finish, your choice of pass. At times they were dreadful with Hadi Sacko, they really were.
“He had pace, with the ball at his feet he could do magical things but five minutes out of ninety – it’s not good enough.”
Sacko made 60 appearances for Leeds after signing from Sporting Lisbon on an initial loan deal, scoring three goals and chipping in with four assists.
His last game for the Whites came in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Wolves back in March 2018, while he played 15 times for Ankaragucu following his temporary switch in January.
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