By Nick Ware

22nd Nov, 2021 | 12:04pm

Keith Hackett shares referee concerns after Leeds United lose 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett to the MOT Leeds News team. Each week, Hackett will discuss the big moments from the latest Leeds United games and deliver his verdict on whether his successors got their calls right or wrong…

Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett has shared his concerns after watching Andre Marriner during Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 win over Leeds United on Sunday.

Leeds were narrowly beaten in North London as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon cancelled out Dan James’ first goal since his summer move from Manchester United.

Marriner was in charge of the pulsating Premier League encounter, and Hackett has raised fears over his fitness, especially when Leeds are involved.

“This is a balance about reading the game and distance from [the] ball,” Hackett told MOT Leeds News. “For me, there were times where he was walking when he could have been jogging. He was jogging when he needed to be sprinting.

“This is a modern game that demands mobility. He tended just to let the game drift away from him and then made decisions from such a long distance.

“I think he’s exposed. You go back and say if he is lacking pace because he’s 50+ [years old] now.

“Leeds and Tottenham are very physically demanding on a big pitch.
He may have thought “how much energy can I conserve to last the 90 minutes?

“You’ve got to have a line – are you fit for purpose? There is absolutely no doubt that the Premier League demands a high level of fitness, sprinting ability and endurance linked together.

“The standard has to be monitored very carefully.”

In other Leeds United news, Jeff Stelling was left stunned by this Whites player in his instant Twitter reaction to Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Tottenham.