Noel Whelan names two Leeds players he expected more from against Derby

Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Leeds United reacts after a missed chance during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on October 31, 2017 in Leeds,...

Leeds United suffered their third consecutive home defeat in the Championship as Derby County won 2-1.

Leeds United's Danish manager Thomas Christiansen gestures on the touchline during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Leicester City and Leeds United at King Power...

Noel Whelan has told BBC Radio Leeds that he was expecting a lot more from both Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Kemar Roofe during Leeds' Championship clash with Derby on Tuesday night.

Thomas Christiansen's men suffered their third consecutive home defeat and their seventh loss in nine league games as the Rams left Elland Road with a 2-1 win after initially going behind to the Whites.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Leeds United reacts after a missed chance during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on October 31, 2017 in Leeds,...Pierre-Michel Lasogga

It was Lasogga who broke the deadlock early on, but he arguably became more and more absent as the game went on. And Whelan insisted that Leeds need to see a lot more from the German even if he did get on the scoresheet.

"I'd expect a lot more from a striker if I was a Leeds United manager, absolutely. There's no hiding behind that fact," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

"I want a hard-working striker, I want someone who's going to cause problems. I want someone who's good in the air, someone who's going to run in behind, someone who's going to bring people into play, someone who's very intelligent, someone that's going to score me goals, but someone who's got the heart and that aggression."

Sam Winall of Derby County is congratulated  on scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on October 31, 2017...

Lasogga was not the only player who left Whelan underwhelmed however, as the former striker also criticised Roofe's display in the defeat.

"I expected a bit more from him this evening. I thought he was very quiet. I thought he did the work off the ball but on the ball, it wasn't the normal Roofe that we expect," he would later add.

The particularly frustrating thing for the Leeds fans right now is many of the players who were on show against Derby were key men during their run at the start of the season that hinted that Christiansen's side could be the team to catch this term.

But unfortunately for the Whites, it has not clicked for a number of players recently. And having had a taste of the automatic-promotion places, the pressure is now on the likes of Lasogga, Roofe and every other player who has under-performed over the last few weeks to turn the fortunes around in the near future.

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