Date: 12th February 2018 at 4:18pm
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OPINION

New Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has some big decisions to make regarding his squad and got the first look at his players at the weekend in a 2-1 defeat away to Sheffield United.

There are positive signs from the likes of Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Pablo Hernandez that they can spearhead a late charge towards promotion, but attacker Hadi Sacko should be binned from the first team.

The 23-year-old winger has massively flopped this season since he made a permanent switch to Elland Road in the summer, which followed on from his loan stint in the 2016/17 campaign.

He has made 15 appearances across all competitions this season and his return of one goal suggests he is not ready.

The Frenchman does still have time to develop with the Yorkshire giants moving forward, but right now isn’t ready to step in amid must-win situations to make the play-offs.

Sacko has had to make do with mainly cameo roles this season and got 15 minutes to impress new boss Heckingbottom against Sheffield United.

However, he is a player low on confidence right now and is failing to make a significant impact when he features.

The right-winger does have blistering pace and his fresh legs should be a real weapon off the bench, but his crossing is wayward to say the least and he should be pushed further down the pecking order.

Leeds have far better options in wide areas ahead of him in the shape of Ezgjan Alioski, Pawel Cibicki, Kemar Roofe and Hernandez.

Sacko is a frustrating player in the sense that he has the pace to beat full-backs with speed, but needs to work on his final product if he is to become a success at Elland Road.

He was far more consistent last season during his loan spell and was an ever-present in the side, but has declined since.