Ian Wright comments on Leeds and Junior Firpo
Ian Wright has told his Wrighty’s House podcast that Leeds should only be judged when injured players return, and gave his verdict on Junior Firpo.
Leeds finally got their first three points of the season with a 1-0 win over Watford on Saturday – thanks to Diego Llorente’s first-half winner.
A brilliant finish from the Spaniard was enough to secure a win, with Watford controversially having a goal disallowed in the second 45.
The win comes after six games without a win – in which Leeds have drawn three and lost three. They failed to beat Newcastle, Burnley and Everton.
Losses to Manchester United, West Ham and Liverpool see Leeds sit in a lowly 16th place – having conceded 14 goals in his seven league games.
Speaking on Leeds’ poor form of late, Wright gave his verdict – saying it is tricky to judge until their players return. He also discussed Firpo.
“We have to wait to get injured players back [before judging]. Firpo looks half-decent, but is taking time to settle in. We need Leeds back at their best.”
Wright on Leeds and Firpo: Verdict is harsh, but true on left-back
Leeds have been lacking in numerous key players. On Saturday, Llorente returned from injury to score. Patrick Bamford is crucial, but missing.
The striker is not just important because of his goals and assists, but he is brilliant at starting a high press. Pascal Struijk was banned for three games.
Luke Ayling has also been on the sidelines while Robin Koch remains injured. Jack Harrison tested positive, Raphinha could be missing.
The Brazilian might have to isolate after being called up by Brazil. Numerous issues for Leeds – while Junior Firpo is getting better.
But it comes after a pretty average start. He is yet to replicate the form Gjanni Alioski was showing towards the end of last season.