6 Tackles Won, 3 Interceptions: Underrated Leeds United star Michael Tonge's display v Wigan

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Did Michael Tonge do enough to warrant further opportunities for Leeds United?

Michael Tonge was given a rare chance by Leeds to impress on Boxing Day, and did as best as he could despite the defeat.

Playing in a defensive midfield position usually occupied by teenager Lewis Cook, his selection was always going to be controversial, and the 2-0 loss did not reflect well on him.

At 31, he has more than 400 career appearances to his name, and his commitment to the cause could not be argued with.

  TeamWon TacklesInterceptions WonMins Played
Michael Tonge Leeds 6 3 90

He won more tackles and interceptions combined than any other Leeds midfielder on the day, but this could not stop the Latics recording an away win which left Leeds in 20th position.

Tonge however was lacking in one real area of quality - he recorded only a 72 per cent pass completion rate.

With Leeds failing to score for a second home game in a row, this was not helpful to the cause, and if he had not been giving the ball away as much, winning it back so frequently would perhaps not have been a requirement.

Nobody at Leeds should kid themselves that Tonge is a solution to their problems, but he wasn't terrible, and should not be written off on the back of this performance - which showed areas to be positive about. 

Whether Neil Redfearn deems him up to the physical challenge of playing two games in three games is another matter, and he could find himself benched against Derby if he decides not.

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