Leeds news: David Prutton highlights why Leeds form is so bad under Heckingbottom

By David Woods

23rd Mar, 2018 | 4:40pm

Sky pundit highlights why Leeds form has been so bad under Paul Heckingbottom

Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has criticised new Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom for not effecting enough change at his new club.

It’s not been a good start for Heckingbottom, with his side on a disastrous run of form that actually sees them bottom of the form table since Boxing Day.

Heckingbottom hasn’t enjoyed the bounce you often get with a new manager, winning just one of his eight Championship games in charge, losing four and drawing three.

That’s six points from a possible 24, which would be relegation form if the club wasn’t already safe.

In his latest column in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Prutton has said that Leeds are in danger of becoming a “soft touch”.

“I don’t doubt that Heckingbottom would have liked to have seen more of an improvement in the team than he has,” Prutton wrote.

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“It was unrealistic to ask anyone to pick up and revolutionise the struggling side Thomas Christiansen left for him, but, in my view, the changes so far have been pretty limited.

“The reality is that a manager can make a big difference.

“Over the next eight games I’d like to see the skeleton of a side fall into place at Leeds because, as much as I agree that some major recruitment is needed, the club can’t start from scratch in the next window.”

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds fans are getting worried that Heckingbottom hasn’t seemed to have had any effect on his players, who are performing just as badly as they were before he joined. New managers can often have a positive effect on a struggling team, but that hasn’t happened and Prutton is right, Heckingbottom must effect more change before the end of the season. He has another eight games left in the league and another six points won’t be enough to convince anyone that Heckingbottom is the man Leeds need right now. Heckingbottom has effected some change though, bringing in Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Tom Pearce. Now he must go further and give Jay-Roy Grot his first Championship start. 

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