Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to play more defensively against Sheffield United after they conceded seven goals in their opening two Premier League games.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and boyhood Whites fan believes the fact they let in three goals against Fulham shows work needs to be done.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted after the game against Fulham that he was “worried” about his side’s defensive performances in the Premier League.
The Argentine has brought in Spanish defender Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad this week who could be involved against the Blades.
Whelan believes Leeds need to play more sensibly and cut out silly mistakes if they are to improve.
He told Football Insider: “You’ve got to manage your game and your tactics throughout 90 minutes.
“There’s a time when you can go and get forward and push your wing backs nice and high.
“I also think there’s a time where you’ve got to be a little bit more experienced and shut up shop and be sensible in how you play your game.
“Conceding seven goals in two games is not good that’s where the work needs to be done. That’s where they need to get better. Scoring goals is not a problem at the minute.
“One side is going well but the other side we really need to tighten up.
“Even Fulham are scoring three, you’ve got to be a little more vigilante and you’ve got to be a little savvier when it comes to defending, a little more aggressive and cut out silly mistakes.”
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