Sky Sports pundit delivers blunt truth about Leeds squad
By Danny Wright
David Prutton believes that some members of the Leeds United squad have contributed more to their rise to the top of the Championship more than others.
Thomas Christiansen assembled a big squad over the summer transfer window and that was apparent in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup win at Burnley when he fielded a line-up that was almost unrecognisable to the one that lost at Millwall just days before.
Former Leeds midfielder Prutton understands why Christiansen saw it fit to make such wholesale changes to his squad in order to keep up motivation and refresh his team after such a disappointing defeat.
However many of the players from the penalty shoot-out win at Turf Moor have played little to no part at all in the Championship this season, and the Sky Sports pundit wasn’t afraid to deliver that blunt truth in his column on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.
“Fringe players, if that’s the right phrase, need nights like Tuesday,” he said.” I don’t doubt there’s a great atmosphere at Leeds and a collective spirit but some people have played a bigger part than others in getting the club to the top of the league. On a Monday morning, when you’re back at the training ground, it’s Pontus [Jansson] who’s helped keep another clean sheet or [Pierre-Michel] Lasogga who’s scored two goals on his debut, or [Samu] Saiz with a dazzling display behind him.”
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“Speaking as someone who wasn’t always first choice, there do come times when you’re sat there thinking “yeah, I’m part of all this but what have I actually done?” You need to feel like you’re contributing and it’s nice that the drama of Burnley was the responsibility of some who haven’t made the biggest impression so far.”
Prutton spent three years of his playing career on the books at Elland Road but was never really a regular starter for Leeds before he was moved on to Colchester in 2010.
Leeds’ summer recruitment has seen the squad completely revamped with a number of Christiansen’s signings, as well as some of the stars of last season, fail to even make the matchday squad on occasions in the league.
The Whites return to Championship action on Saturday when they welcome Ipswich to Yorkshire and it’s expected that Christiansen will ring the changes once again to field a more familiar-looking team to the one that last at Millwall last weekend.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are expected to make nine changes for the clash with Ipswich.