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Steve Evans defends Leeds defender Scott Wootton

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans speaks highly of defender Scott Wootton.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has explained to The Yorkshire Evening Post his decision to keep on picking defender Scott Wootton.

Wootton has been playing pretty regularly in recent weeks, despite the right-back’s occasional mistakes.

The 24-year-old former Manchester United prospect, who can also play as a central defender or as a defensive midfielder, is ahead of Sam Byram and Lewis Coyle in the pecking order for the right-back position at the moment.

Evans has explained his thinking behind his decision regarding Wootton and has told The Yorkshire Evening Post: “A lot of the criticism I hear of Scott is unfair. I know what we see in training and in the games and I’m not going allow myself to pick a team based on the fact that some people are criticising an individual player.

“I’m not saying Scott hasn’t made the odd mistake but as a coaching staff we see good defensive qualities in Scott. I’ll pick the team I think is right, not a team I think is popular.”

Wootton has been on the books of Leeds since the summer of 2013 and a contract until June 2017. The 24-year-old has created eight chances in 16 Championship appearances for the West Yorkshire outfit so far this season.

The former Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United loanee has a pass accuracy of 64%, and has won 14 headers, two dribbles and 15 tackles.

Leeds are 15th in the Championship table at the moment with 32 points from 26 matches. The Whites are as many as 12 points behind Brighton & Hove Albion, who are currently sixth and occupy the final playoff spot.

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