Noel Whelan has said on BBC Radio Leeds that Scott Wootton is not suited to play as a defensive midfielder for Leeds United.
Wootton is primarily a defender, who can play as a centre-back as well as a right-back.
The 23-year-old can also feature in defensive midfield, and that is where he was deployed by head coach Uwe Rosler against Doncaster Rovers away from home on Thursday.
The former England Under-17 international started the first round of the League Cup at the Keepmoat Stadium and played for the entire 120 minutes.
Former Leeds striker Whelan was following the game, which ended in a 4-2 penalty shootout victory for Doncaster, and he was not overly impressed with Wootton’s display in midfield.
“I am still puzzled about that as well,” the 40-year-old said on BBC Radio Leeds. “It’s one of those positions that’s specific and you are trained for.
“It’s just a position that I don’t see him playing in. It takes skill to play there, it’s not his fault. I don’t think he had a bad game, but I think throughout the season he would be better at right-back or at centre-halve.”
Wootton is unlikely to retain his place in the Leeds starting line-up against Reading at the Madejski Stadium in the Championship on Sunday.
With Lewis Cook suspended for the game, head coach Rosler could decide to deploy Luke Murphy in his position or change the formation to 4-4-2 to accommodate both Mirco Ancenucci and Chris Wood in the team.