SACKO’S RACE IS RUN ON WHAT I’VE SEEN
IF Hadi Sacko is a Sporting Lisbon player, I’m Hunter S Thompson.
Leeds’ on-loan winger can appear so hapless it’s tempting to wonder if the former France Under-20 star was replaced by an Ali Diastyle impostor last July.
Yes, he’s quick. Ferociously, blindingly fast. But so is Usain Bolt and you don’t see clubs clamouring to sign him. Speed alone is not enough – yet speed is all Sacko possesses.
His first touch has the finesse of a lump hammer. Crosses are more dangerous to bystanders than defenders.
And, as for decisionmaking, just take a look at the moment against Wednesday when Sacko, like a yip-ridden darts player, clung to possession instead of playing Chris Wood in on goal. Elland Road erupted in frustration and not for the first time.
The Whites have an agreement in place to sign Sacko permanently next season and it’s fair to say Sporting won’t be seeing much of the ambitious £56.5m release clause in his contract.
Not with Massimo Cellino around and not with so many flaws to iron out. At 22, Sacko has time to improve his all-round game, but he needs to get a shift on. Right now, he is barely good enough for the Championship, let alone the Premier League.
Garry Monk is a talented coach, yet even he has his work cut out if Sacko is not to join the long list of stellar young athletes who grew into technically deficient footballers.
ONE DIMENSION: Sacko