Quick links


Vurnon Anita should question Thomas Christiansen's decision

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United's Vurnon Anita was snubbed again by Thomas Christiansen.

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...

Conor Shaughnessy started in defensive midfield as Leeds United lost 1-0 at Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon.

It was a disappointing end to what's been a very promising calendar year for the Whites.

Thomas Christiansen, who replaced Garry Monk in the summer, is a popular figure among Leeds fans, but his decision to start Shaughnessy ahead of other established players should frustrate the supporters - not to mention Vurnon Anita.

Newcastle player Vurnon Anita in action during the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KCOM Stadium on November 29, 2016 in Hull, England.

The summer signing is an excellent utility player, one who has impressed in a central midfield role down the years for Newcastle United and Christiansen should have put his faith in him, not a centre-back who had played one senior game in midfield before today.

Despite his size, Anita, who is the same height as N'Golo Kante (5'5), has the attributes and not to mention the experience that United were lacking in Shaughnessy.

Islam Slimani of Leicester City and Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United in action during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium...

Shaughnessy, who stands at 6'2, is obviously a more robust figure and that is probably why Christiansen chose him to shield Leeds' defence, but it didn't have the desired effect.

With Eunan O'Kane and Ronaldo Vieira missing through injury, Anita, who hasn't played for Leeds in two months, must be wondering what he has to do to be given another chance and few could fault him if he was angry that it didn't come on Saturday.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch