Weston McKennie looked better in Leeds United’s midfield once Marc Roca had been replaced by Sam Greenwood during the loss at Manchester City on Saturday.
That is according to BBC Radio Leeds pundit Jon Newsome, who suggested that Weston McKennie seemed to improve in the second-half after a difficult first 45 minutes at the Etihad Stadium.
In truth, Willy Gnonto-aside, few players have given Leeds fans much to smile about of late. But McKennie has definitely been one of those who has really come in for criticism.
McKennie improved after Greenwood introduction in Leeds loss
The January signing has poor for several weeks. But his work-rate has also been questioned, with plenty of supporters wondering if he has the fight needed with Leeds right in the midst of a relegation battle.
It was no surprise to see Adam Forshaw come in. His partnership with Marc Roca has not been working for some time. And Leeds could not afford for history to repeat itself against a side as good as Manchester City.
It was not a day where anyone really stood out in a positive way. But while discussing Sam Greenwood’s display after replacing Roca just before the hour, Newsome suggested that the change may have had a positive impact on McKennie.
“Funnily enough, once Sam came on, McKennie played better,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “McKennie seemed to get around the pitch a bit more and looked a bit more lively. First-half, I think he just seemed to go through the motions a little bit, which I think he did at Bournemouth.”
Whites need so much more from USMNT star
McKennie’s loan has not worked out thus far. There have been some very bright moments. He was very good in the two games against Manchester United. And he was outstanding in the win over Nottingham Forest which looked set to take us to the brink of safety.
The injury to Tyler Adams has done him few favours. But this is someone who is on Juventus’ books and has been to the World Cup.
It is alarming how little impact he has had in certain games. And if Leeds have a choice over whether to keep him in the summer – they reportedly have a £30 million option – surely it should not take them too long to make up their mind.
Something dramatic surely has to happen for that stance to change.