By Daniel Feliciano

22nd Dec, 2022 | 7:40am

Tony Dorigo slams 'poor' Mateo Joseph as Leeds United sensation messes up v Monaco

Tony Dorigo branded youngster Mateo Joseph as “poor” for the chance he missed during Leeds United’s thumping loss to Monaco on Wednesday (21 December).

The Whites took the lead through Robin Koch but fell to a huge 4-2 defeat after Breel Embolo and Ismail Jakobs hit two goals each to make preparation for the Manchester City game end in the worst possible way.

But after several substitutions in the second half, Joseph had a big chance when played through by Wilfried Gnonto before messing it up, and Dorigo told LUTV on commentary that he wasn’t impressed by the effort (21 December, 8:36pm).

“Joseph’s got his hands on his head and rightly so because he knows that’s a fantastic chance,” he said.

“First touch was poor. Great play from Gnonto, it really was. Eventually he threads it through and the touch from Joseph is back towards the defender instead of away from him. That would’ve been a real easy chance to put away.”

Opportunity

We can be very honest and admit that Joseph’s attempt at a shot on goal wasn’t nearly good enough in this instance, but his potential is huge.

It’s great to see Jesse Marsch and Leeds giving opportunities to young talents and showing that there is a pathway for young talents to make it to Elland Road with the first-team.

Joseph has shone at the reserve level and scored goals for fun, so we know that the potential is there for him to do that at senior level and he needs these opportunities to improve and develop.

Him missing a big chance in a friendly where we’re already losing comfortably and the intention is to get minutes into the players’ legs isn’t a big concern for fans ad nor should it be.

Instead the focus should be on the fact he’s in the squad at all and just how good he could go on to become if he continues on the trajectory he has shown at the club so far.

In other Leeds news, a pundit reacted to a controversial Joe Gelhardt moment in the Monaco defeat