Monk made a mistake taking Sacko off against Brighton but the Leeds winger must still up his game

Leeds manager Garry Monk

The Leeds United winger would have been effective on the counter attack last week.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk had a big decision to make on Friday evening after going a goal down and a man down against high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Whites went into the match in a rich vein of form but they were well below their best against a side pushing hard for automatic promotion.

That said, Monk’s decision to take off Hadi Sacko after 45 minutes was somewhat baffling given the Leeds loanee’s ability to burst forward with real pace, ensuring there was always an effective outlet despite the obvious defending they would be doing in the second period.

Hadi Sacko of Leeds United in action with Jack Payne of Huddersfield Town

Sacko’s replacement Matt Grimes did a decent job. However, in replacing Sacko Leeds lost their main outlet for counter-attacks and there was only ever going to be one winner thereafter.

That said Sacko has a chance to prove his worth when Leeds take on Reading later this week.

The Whites cannot afford to lose again and risk slipping out of the play-off places this side of Christmas, and Sacko needs to step up and prove he is more than just an unpredictable box of tricks.

Bristol City's Luke Freeman and Leeds' Hadi Sacko in action

Those tricks need a pay-off, an end product that has been all too rare in his first 23 appearances.

One goal and four assists is not good enough, but if Sacko can match finishing with his electric bursts of energy and innate confidence, he could be the difference for Leeds in the second half of their campaign.

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