It’s been a season of mixed fortunes for Leeds United, with a change of manager mid-term doing little to get the promotion push back on track.
Paul Heckingbottom’s side have been on a bit of a duff run as of late.
The coach warned his squad not to ease off despite having little left to play for this year, and admitted he was almost ready to pass judgement on which players to keep next season ahead of Saturday’s meeting with his old club Barnsley.
The Leeds United head coach aimed veiled criticism at the effort of some members of his side after a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Friday and said he expected to see fight in their performance against a Barnsley side who are on the brink of relegation.
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Heckingbottom admitted that this weekend’s Yorkshire derby was “probably bigger for them (Barnsley)” but insisted he would not tolerate a poor showing from Leeds despite the fact that his squad are trapped in mid-table.
“It’s probably bigger for them than us but we want the points for our own reasons and I’m making decisions for next season all the time,” Heckingbottom said.
The 40-year-old’s position at Elland Road was reported to be under threat last week due to a poor run of form which has seen Leeds gain just 10 points under him.
Barnsley, meanwhile, were 21st in the table when Heckingbottom left and have dropped into the bottom three under new boss Jose Morais.
The South Yorkshire club lie two points from safety with four games remaining.
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