Vinnie Jones explains what the problem is for Leeds, states this can be too much
By Amir Mir
Vinnie Jones believes the problem for Leeds could be that the players cannot cope with the pressure situations at Elland Road.
The former FA Cup winner believes playing in front of big crowds could be “too much” for the players as feels there needs to be more experience in the squad.
Garry Monk’s side missed out on their chance to secure a play-off place after their 3-3 draw at home to Norwich on Saturday.
Despite looking like certainties to make the top six, Leeds faltered and won only one of their last seven matches.
Speaking on Goals on Sunday, which aired on Sky Sports 1, Jones had his say about the club after they missed out on a chance to make a return to the Premier League.
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“There is [the weight of expectations on their shoulders],” Jones told Sky Sports. “What was there yesterday, 30,000?
Jones is then asked by presenter Chris Kamara whether some of these players can play in front of these types of crowds.
“I did wonder that sometimes at home it can be hard for players because there is too much. You should [embrace it] but I just think you need some experienced players in there sometimes to soak that up for the younger players.”
During the draw against managerless Norwich, there were over 34,000 supporters at Elland Road.
They would have been hugely disappointed because their side were 3-0 down during the match as they had to force a brilliant comeback.
Over the course of the season, Leeds have had a number of big crowds at home as Monk has started to make the fans believe that they could end their 13-year drought from the top flight.
The likes of Aston Villa, Derby, Reading, and Sheffield Wednesday have all suffered defeats at Leeds.
But their home form was not enough as fans will be hoping Monk signs a contract extension with his current deal set to expire in the summer.