Jermaine Pennant has told TalkSPORT that he would have “hooked” Leeds United midfielder Marc Roca after 25 minutes on Wednesday night – as the Spaniard struggled during our 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at Elland Road.
Roca, 26, has started every single one of our 15 Premier League matches this season. But after a solid start, he has been responsible for a few shaky performances. When Leeds do not have time on the ball, he seems to struggle.
On Wednesday night, he was arguably one of our worst players. WhoScored report that Roca was guilty of four unsuccessful touches, dispossessed twice and misplaced nine of his 35 passes. Not good enough for Leeds.
Pennant, an ex-Leeds winger, gave his verdict after the match. He had praise for Willy Gnonto who was arguably our best player on the night – but was very critical of Roca. Pennant said he would have taken him off after 25 minutes.
“I can’t see the quality apart from Gnonto. He caused problems. They looked flat. Oh, Marc Roca. I would’ve hooked him. Dragged him, pulled him out after 25 minutes. Lad, get a shower. That is not Premier League standard.”
Pennant would have hooked Leeds midfielder Roca after 25 minutes
It was a poor showing from Roca. One thing that is apparent, is when Tyler Adams is next to him, Roca is a much better player. The ball-playing Spaniard is excellent when he has that hard-working midfielder-type next to him.
Adams will be back after serving a one-match suspension for his red card against Spurs, at Newcastle on Saturday. But, his performance – albeit against Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne – will be a concern for Marsch.
The issue Leeds have is, who can they bring in? Adam Forshaw is not the player he once was. Darko Gyabi has shown signs and glimpses of magic in the mid-season friendlies, and came on last night. But he is still young.