Jamie Redknapp and Hasselbaink clash on Sky Sports as Leeds United beat Norwich City
Jamie Redknapp and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had a disagreement live on Sky Sports as Leeds United won 2-1 away at Norwich City on Sunday.
After a rather frustrating first half, Redknapp claimed Norwich’s Andrew Omobamidele was having a tough time being played at left-back with the 19-year-old played mainly as a centre-back.
Redknapp was critical of Omobamidele’s positioning, claiming the Irish defender should have known how to place himself.
However, Hasselbaink defended Omobamidele, suggesting that Raphinha was simply so good it made the Norwich teen look as though he was playing badly.
“Omobamidele, the left-back, is struggling. He’s really having a difficult time,” said Redknapp on Sky Sports Premier League at half-time on Sunday afternoon.
Host David Jones asked if that’s because he’s being played out of position and Redknapp added: “He’s not actually a left-back but he’s making bad decisions.
“He looks very tired and that’s certainly an area Leeds can [expose].”
Hasselbaink then said: “I think it’s both. He’s not a left-back but he’s also playing against Raphinha.”
Redknapp then hit back to say: “But you can still get in good positions, Jimmy. You can still understand that position.
“You haven’t got to be a left-back to have a bit of vision and see what’s coming inside of you.”
Hasselbaink then continued. He added: “That’s a must but you can see in the one-v-ones, he’s struggling.
“Raphinha is playing well, it’s just his final pass that has to be better.”
Both are right
Omobamidele is a young centre-back who Daniel Farke handed a tough task against Leeds.
The 19-year-old definitely struggled but at least for his sake he grabbed a goal in the second half to silence critics and show that Farke is probably better off playing him in the middle as he’s so strong in the air.
Leeds allowed him to score though.
Diego Llorente lost Omobamidele at the corner kick, making it way easier for the Norwich teen to score.
But still, we cannot ignore who the star of the show was at Carrow Road on Sunday.
Raphinha, take a bow.
The Brazil international is going from strength to strength at Leeds but his rise this season has been so dramatic that we’re starting to get worried about his long-term future in West Yorkshire.
Let’s hope Victor Orta can get him to stay because we’re relying so heavily on Raphinha that we cannot imagine being without him.
In other Leeds United news, Stan Collymore wants the Whites to consider sacking Bielsa.