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Ray Wilkins chooses interesting way to describe situation at Leeds United

Former England star Ray Wilkins came up with an interesting way to summarise everything Leeds United.

Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins chose an interesting way to summarise the current situation at Leeds United on talkSPORT earlier this week.

Wilkins was quizzed over everything that’s going on at Elland Road and he suggested that while he respects and admires manager Neil Redfearn, he feels Leeds have put the first team boss in a difficult position.

“Unfortunately if you can’t select players because they score another two goals or play another two games and they get another year on their contract, as a manager and a coach, it’s about as useful as an ash tray on a motorbike,” said the former Chelsea assistant.

Wilkins was talking about a story, which has been covered recently by the Sun, with the national newspaper claiming that Redfearn has been told not to play the striker because he could score and trigger a clause in his contract, which costs Leeds extra cash.

It’s less than ideal because it ties Redfearn’s hands in terms of his team selection options, although Antenucci did play in the game against Wolves earlier this week.

The Sun’s report could suggest why Redfearn played striker Steve Morison for such an extended period of time when he wasn’t hitting the back of the net, which placed pressure on the Leeds United midfield to pick up the buck and provide the goals the side needs.

However, Redfearn will always rightly stress that Morison was in the team for his strong work ethic and ability to hold the ball up, which allows Leeds to release pressure over their defence very quickly in big games.

Leeds have five games left to go this season and it will be interesting to see if Redfearn gives Antenucci another chance or whether he rotates the club’s other forward options.

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