Football pundit Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has blasted Leeds United defender Barry Douglas for not defending adequately during the build up to Chris Basham’s goal on Saturday.

The Whites ended up succumbing to a 1-0 defeat at Elland Road against Sheffield United in a blow to their promotion hopes.

The game was vital for both sides. The result sees Chris Wilder’s side move up into second place on the Championship standings and into the final automatic promotion place.

Leeds meanwhile have slipped into third place and now have work to do.

The result also means that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are five points adrift of leaders Norwich City, who will now be the firm favourites to win the second-tier title this season. The Canaries have been in superb form as they have won their past five successive League encounters.

Leeds defender Liam Cooper has also come under scrutiny following the defeat as he failed to win possession from Billy Sharp in the build-up to the goal.

Sharp eventually went on to play in Basham, who scored the only goal of the game.

Former Leeds striker Hasselbaink believes that the goal could have been prevented had Douglas been more alert.

“Douglas, if you’re a left-back, that’s your danger, Basham is going and you need to be really close to him. He’s falling asleep,” said Hasselbaink on Sky Sports. 

“The Leeds player [Cooper] doesn’t have the ball yet, so the left-back has to secure Basham first, before he has control over the ball. When he has control of the ball, then he can go.

“He needs to [read the danger earlier].”

The Whites form recently is definitely cause for concern, with Leeds losing two out of their past five League games.

They will have to now make some changes to their tactics and find consistency again soon otherwise they may end up not winning promotion under frustrating circumstances once again.

Leeds will have a chance to get back to winning ways with a home clash against Millwall at Elland Road after the international break.

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