By Saikat Mandal

17th Nov, 2022 | 2:10pm

Jim White baffled by talkSPORT guest after Leeds United statistic mentioned live on air

Jim White and Danny Murphy clashed on talkSPORT after the former mentioned that Leeds United have only three players participating in the World Cup in Qatar.

Murphy suggests that clubs that are sending more players to the World cup will be a better shape once the club football resumes. Thus, Leeds would struggle to hit the ground running straight after the World Cup as most of their players are back home, and not playing competitive football.

When White raised the issue of mental blockage of players that suffer heartbreak in a major tournament, Murphy suggested that it’s a “myth”.

Simon Jordan appeared to have supported his argument, but White was baffled by Murphy’s take on the matter. Here’s the transcription of what happened on talkSPORT during the show on 16 November:

White said: “Let’s say England get to the semi-final and go out. The mental effect and the toll that will take those players immediately…that too in a domestic season.”

Murphy replied: “I think that’s a myth. I don’t see a mental block on players.”

White added: “A myth?”

Murphy continued: “Because they lose a game, they get back to the club and they crack on with it.”

White argued: “We see mental hangover in football all the time.”

Murphy responded: “We do sometimes.”

Jordon added: “This is an excuse.”

Benefit for Leeds

There are two sides to the argument, and probably Murphy has a solid point here. But the break will be crucial for the Whites for many reasons. 

The Whites picked up two wins from their last three games prior to the World Cup, but their overall results over a period of four months haven’t been satisfactory.

This break will give the players the chance to forget about the pressure for a while, and spend time with their families. This could help them refill their batteries, and return to training with positive energy.

The players can regroup and carefully examine the mistakes they have made so far. During the season, the games come thick and fast, and the manager doesn’t get enough time to deal with specific problems. 

This is also an opportunity for Jesse Marsch to have a close look at the academy talents, work on tactics and training drills with specific players, and most importantly spend time with Victor Orta and others over potential January targets. 

The players are well aware of their league positions and what they need to do after the break. They will be fresh, and hungry and will take the field with a clear mindset. 

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has revealed the whispers he’s heard at Elland Road about when the 49ers will complete their takeover.