By Pete Hanson

14th Oct, 2023 | 12:10pm

Leeds United loanee slammed by media for 'weak' performance on international duty

Max Wober, who is on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach from Leeds United, was slammed for a “weak” performance as Austria were beaten 3-2 by Belgium in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Friday (13 October).

The defender, who played at left-back endured a torrid evening, encapsulated by the fact Belgium right-winger Dobi Lukebakio finished the fixture with a brace in Vienna.

Defeat meant Austria missed the opportunity to secure their spot at next year’s tournament in Germany, and Austrian paper Salzburger Nachrichten piled into Wober for a poor performance.

Writing in their print edition on Saturday (14 October, page 23, they wrote: “Stayed pale offensively. At the back, the ex-Bull (Red Bull Salzburg), who was already a weak point in the first half of the game, had his hands full. Defended incompetently, especially at 0:3. Weak.”

Fellow paper Kronen Zeitung (14 October, page 66) rated Wober a 3 in their player ratings and added: “Tried to get involved in the game going forward, his crosses unfortunately lacked precision.”

No love lost

Max Wober has been praised for his performances since moving to Gladbach, but it sure was not his night as Austria lost out on home soil to a ruthless Belgium side, who almost threw it away late on – with their quest not helped by a red card for Amadou Onana.

For Leeds supporters, there will be a wry smile to see Wober have a difficult evening as there is certainly no love lost between the fanbase and the versatile defender, who had only moved to Elland Road in January.

But he was allowed to depart on loan following relegation as he was one of several players to have a clause inserted in their contract allowing them to make a temporary exit should the club fall into the Championship.

Leeds are doing pretty well in their quest to return to the top flight without Wober, though, so barely a second thought will be given to his performance for Austria. Indeed most fans are just itching to return to domestic action and seeing if Leeds can muscle into the automatic promotion spots in the coming months.

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