Evans explains what he prides himself on at Leeds, warns under-performing players

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Steve Evans is demanding 100% from his Leeds team.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told LUTV that he will pride himself on players giving 100% - and if they don't, he doesn't want them at the club.

Evans came in as Uwe Rosler's replacement in March, and he has now taken charge of eight games, winning three, losing three and drawing two in an inconsistent start.

However, last weekend's 2-1 win over promotion-chasing Hull City showed that Leeds can compete with the top sides on their day, and they will be looking to follow that up with another victory over Charlton Athletic this weekend.

Leeds sit six points clear of the relegation zone and seven points adrift of the play-offs, so the Whites really could go either way this season as Evans searches for some consistency in his results.

Speaking ahead of the game against Charlton, Evans has told LUTV that he will pride himself on players giving 100% effort to the Leeds fans, which is certainly how his Rotherham United team played before his departure in September.

Evans also added that, if players repeatedly don't give their all for Leeds United, he doesn't want them at the club - a possible nod to Will Buckley's loan spell from Sunderland being cancelled last month,

"At Leeds United, the one thing I'll pride myself on is that every player that plays for the team, gives 100%," said Evans. "The minute they fall short of that, if they do it a second or third time, I don't want them around," he added.

Effort is a major part of Evans' setup, and players like Lewis Cook and Liam Bridcutt - hard-working, relentless players in the middle of the park - play a key role in the team.

Ultimately though, Leeds do need some quality in the final third too, and Evans will be relying on players such as Stuart Dallas, Alex Mowatt and Chris Wood to provide that. With the right mix, Evans could guide Leeds away from the drop zone and further towards the top six, which could start with a win over Charlton this weekend.

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