Noel Whelan has ripped into Leeds United’s loan signings and panned the three brought in from Chelsea as “dreadful”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker was very critical of the contributions of senior 2018/19 loanees Izzy Brown, Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman.
Brown made just two short substitute appearances across the whole campaign, Blackman was second choice for three months before returning to the Premier League club after breaking his leg and Baker’s season-long loan was halted at the midway point in the winter window.
Leeds are set to concentrate once again on loan signings this summer due to a lack of funds and Whelan is demanding considerably improved recruitment.
“The Chelsea three loanees, they were dreadful,” Whelan told Football Insider. “They had good Chelsea academy backgrounds and decent professional experience but proved nothing in a Leeds shirt.
“If that’s the standard, we have a better academy than they have. These so-called big hitters couldn’t get a game for us.
“Clearly, the likes of Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke were showing a lot more endeavour and a better attitude on the training ground, and that’s why the manager picked him ahead of the Chelsea boys.
“If Leeds are going to bring in loan signings again this summer from Premier League clubs, they have to make a far bigger impact.”
The fourth loan signing was Jack Harrison from Manchester City and he was a qualified success for Leeds.
The left-winger produced some matchwinning performances but struggled for consistent output across his 42 appearances in all competitions.
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