Prutton advises Heckingbottom to make big changes in summer transfer window

Former Leeds United midfielder David Prutton has claimed that the club need to be busy in the summer transfer window.

It has been a month of change for the Yorkshire outfit as Thomas Christiansen was dismissed and replaced with ex-Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom.

At the start of the season, Leeds were flying high in the top echelons of the table, but they slowly dwindled and now find themselves in 11th in the Championship, eight points adrift the playoff places.

In fact, the team have not picked up a win in the league since Boxing Day when they overcame Burton Albion 2-1 away from home.

Prutton believes that regardless of how the season ends for Leeds, the club need to make changes to the playing personnel, particularly in defence.

The Sky Sports pundit also questioned goalkeeper Felix Weidwald, who has come under fire from the fans for recent performances in between the sticks.

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While writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Prutton discussed Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Derby County, in which the Whites relinquished the lead twice.

“To my mind certain things have to change if the team and the squad are to improve significantly. Watching the draw at Derby on Wednesday night, nothing stood out more than the defence. It’s all over the place and when I think about how solid Leeds were last season, that feels like the biggest backwards step. It’s not just about ability. It’s about responsibility too.

“When the ball was pumped into their box at the death, who in there stepped forward and said ‘I’m going to make sure I smash this 40 yards up the pitch’? Where was the goalkeeper coming and cleaning three or four players out? Was there enough communication and enough of a will to see Derby off at a time in the game when, let’s be fair, the only plan of attack was to pump the ball into the penalty area?”