Paul Heckingbottom didn’t hold back last night as he told the media that this squad isn’t on the same level as the clubs in and around the play-offs. The new head-coach is realising how poor this squad actually is, and how a summer of terrible recruitment has cost us a couple of years of progress.
Wolves battered us last night, from start to finish. We knew it was coming but we didn’t realise the huge gulf until it was before our eyes. A team that included some average Championship players coupled with some unbelievable talent tore strips off us, moved us around and embarrassed us on our own patch. It’s been clear to see for some time that some of these players are not up to the standard we need to set, and they have to go. There were four or five players playing last night who need to be sold or let go because the lack of application and passion is sickening and fans are fed up, the season over by the start of March and all of us talking about a huge re-building job at Leeds United once again.
Andrea Radrizzani decided last night was the night to air his views on the current situation at Wolverhampton Wanderers. A transfer strategy which is questionable yes, but successful yes. Jorge Mendes the name on everyone’s lips, the agent of Cristiano Ronaldo facilitating moves for players such as Heldar Costa, Leo Bonatini, Ruben Neves, Wily Boly and Diego Jota. Players far to good to be playing in the Championship and who were brought in to play Premier League football off the back of what is now an inevitable promotion. Radrizzani may have a point but his childish rant has done him no favours, his own head of recruitment Victor Orta throwing the clubs transfer funds down the drain and getting one or two good players in the process, the fans aren’t happy with his reaction and Radrizzani knows this.
Heckingbottom spelled it out for the owner, director of football and managing director last night by saying that the players are nowhere near the level that they need to be to achieve the aim. I think the most embarrassing point to all of this is that last week Andrea Radrizzani replied to a fan on social media saying that the squad is “definitely” stronger currently than it was last season. If he genuinely thinks that then we are in for a serious slide with the club because this squad is a million miles off where we were last season. Heckingbottom made it clear to everyone last night, as the head-coach of Leeds United that the players he currently has are not good enough and he made sure everyone knows it, so there’s no hiding for the owner anymore.