BBC pundit Noel Whelan launched a blistering attack on two Leeds players after their 1-0 defeat against Aston VIlla on Friday night.
Talking on BBC Radio Leeds after yet another defeat under Paul Heckingbottom, Whelan said that Leeds had failed to turn up for 45 minutes again.
He blamed the players and the manager’s tactics but reserved his anger for the two substitutes, Jay-Roy Grot and Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Grot was introduced for Egzjan Alioski in the 66th minute and Lasogga came on for Kemar Roofe around 10 minutes later and Whelan was disgusted by both strikers.
Asked what he made of them, Whelan let rip with both barrels calling them, “Diabolical, lazy, unprofessional.
“And that starts with the warm-up, that’s unacceptable, I don’t want to see that.
“I don’t want the young lads seeing that, I wouldn’t put them on the bench again, they shouldn’t play for Leeds again in my opinion. I’d give it to the young lads with passion and desire.”
Football Insider verdict:
Tough talking from Noel Whelan but if the players – and especially Grot and Lasogga – showed half the passion that the BBC pundit does, Leeds wouldn’t be in this predicament. Lasogga might well be on his way out of Leeds but Grot is more puzzling. A youngster with a huge opportunity, he isn’t showing the grit and determination that is required at this level. He might be frustrated at not starting, with Caleb Ekuban only having scored one goal in 19 Championship games, but you take your chances when you can. Fans will absolutely hate what they saw from both players last night.