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Shaun Derry explains what is letting Leeds United down this season

Leeds United are struggling in the Championship this season.

Speaking to talkSPORT, former Leeds defender Shaun Derry has explained what has been letting the Whites down this season as they sit 19th place in the Championship table.

When asked if Leeds are in trouble, Derry said: “Yeah, I think they are. They have got some decent young players, but alongside that, you need some decent experienced players in the Championship. I feel that’s what is letting Leeds United down at the moment.”

Leeds boss Steve Evans is currently trying to do the best with the squad he has inherited from Uwe Rosler, who spent heavily in the summer transfer window hoping to bring in the correct players to mount a promotion push.

So far, the players have shown little that they are up for this task, and Derry believes that it is the lack of experienced players which is costing Leeds so far this term.

The former defender speaks highly of their impressive academy players, such as Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor, but Derry believes that a lack of Championship experienced players is what has prevented them pushing higher up the league table.

In the Leeds squad, there are players who have played in the Championship before, but the likes of Chris Wood and Tom Adeyemi - both summer signings - are still young.

They may be well aware of the rigours of the league, but not to the same level as someone like Rudy Austin, who was released by Leeds at the end of last season.

Sol Bamba is the only current player who could claim to have any sort of veteran Championship experience, with the centre-back one of only three players over the age of 30.

Leeds are taking a bold stance to focus building their squad around a number of their younger players, and it should have a great long term effect.

However, in the short term, Leeds will continue to struggle whilst these young players get used to the Championship, with no older players in the squad to guide them on the path to success.

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