Hadi Sacko needs to start for Leeds United against Ipswich Town

Leeds manager Garry Monk

Leeds United's Hadi Sacko has come under criticism in recent times.

Hadi Sacko of Leeds United

Hadi Sacko may have become Leeds United’s scapegoat of late, but Garry Monk should stick by the winger rather than leave him out.

Sacko’s supposed lack of end product has been called into sharp focus recently, after his display against Bristol City on Tuesday evening.

The Sporting Lisbon loanee was recalled to Leeds’ starting line-up against the Robins, and his performance divided opinion.

Some Leeds fans credited Sacko’s willingness to run at defenders, while others simply stated that he was very frustrating.

And, that is the thing with Sacko, he does cause annoyance with supporters - due to how raw he is.

Sacko still has a lot of development to do before he can be called the finished article, but part of his threat is his unpredictability.

Championship defenders have struggled all season to cope with Sacko’s pace and dribbling ability, and although he does not always pick the right option in dangerous areas, Leeds are better a team with the French winger involved.

Sacko’s threat creates spaces for the craft of the likes of Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe to flourish.

The 22-year-old puts defences on the back foot, and that is crucial to Leeds’ game plan, and it is not a coincidence that Leeds’ form dipped while Sacko was not involved.

There will be plenty more frustrating moments with Sacko to come this season for Leeds fans but, at this moment in time, he still deserves a place in Monk’s starting line up and he should feature against Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Hadi Sacko of Leeds United in action

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