By Noel Whelan

4th Feb, 2020 | 6:11pm

'We are Shocking' - Exclusive: Whelan exposes biggest Leeds weakness

Noel Whelan has claimed an inability to defend or attack corners has and will continue to, cost Leeds United.

The ex-Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, says it is an area Marcelo Bielsa’s side desperately needs to work on although he admits it is difficult with brave defenders “a dying breed”.

United slipped to second in the Championship following a 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic at Elland Road.

The Latics goal came on the hour mark, a Joe Williams corner turned into his own net by Pablo Hernandez with huge question marks over Kiko Casilla’s involvement in the goal.

When asked if set-pieces were a thorn in the side of the promotion hopefuls, Whelan told Football Insider: “We are awful at defending corners and we are shocking at attacking corners. Again, we had 13 corners in the game. I think we have only scored one goal from a corner this season and I guarantee you we get 10 to 12 corners in every match.

“Unfortunately, set-pieces win you football matches and they lose you football matches – like we saw the other day. If you cannot defend them properly you are going to struggle. It is definitely something they need to work on. 

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“They have got to want to put their head in there where it is going to get hurt. Someone like Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Jaap Stam or Steve Bruce but sadly they are a dying breed.”  

Over half of the goals conceded by Leeds in the Championship have come through set-pieces this season.

It may be an issue Bielsa addresses in the summer regardless of whether they gain promotion to the Premier League.

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