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Leeds fans call on Paul Heckingbottom to play Vurnon Anita

Vurnon Anita of Leeds United and Joe Garner of Ipswich Town compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13,...

Vurnon Anita has started one league game for Leeds United since October.

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United celebrates with Vurnon Anita of Leeds United after scores his sides first goal during the Caraboa Cup Fourth Round match between Leicester City and Leeds...

Leeds United fans on Twitter have called on Paul Heckingbottom to start giving Vurnon Anita chances in central midfield.

Heckingbottom's first game in charge of Leeds resulted in a 2-1 defeat at Sheffield United last weekend.

There, Eunan O'Kane was particularly slated by fans of the Elland Road for his performance and conceded the penalty that led to the Blades' 73rd-minute winner.

Vurnon Anita of Leeds United arrives prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on January 7, 2018 in Newport, Wales.

Bizarrely, Anita, who joined last summer after his release from Newcastle United, hasn't played a minute in central midfield for the Whites this season, despite spending most of his career in that role.

The Netherlands international has mainly played at left-back, having impressed on the opposite side of defence for the Magpies at times, but Laurens De Bock's arrival in January means that the diminutive talent is no longer an option there it seems.

Vurnon Anita of Leeds United and Joe Garner of Ipswich Town compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13,...

And some United fans want to see Anita - who has started one Championship game since October - being used in a different way than how Heckingbottom's predecessor Thomas Christiansen deployed him.

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