Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has explained that Casper Sloth is showing a fantastic attitude and work rate as he seeks to force his way into the first team picture, but more is needed from the Denmark international midfielder.

Sloth landed at Leeds in the summer of 2014, but has struggled to make an impact at the club, with successive head coaches keeping him firmly on the fringes of the first team.

He has been linked with a move away from Elland Road, though with the loan window closed is stuck at Leeds until at least the summer.

Evans is happy with the attitude Sloth is showing as he seeks to force his way into the team, but the Scot has not yet been convinced he merits being pushed to the front of the midfield queue ahead of other players.

Asked about Sloth on BBC Radio Leeds, Evans explained: "The first thing you have to be able to do is to convince your head coach that you're better than what's there and that you are better than other players in training every day.


"I elevated Casper into the first team group when I first arrived, but you have to deliver consistently", the Leeds boss continued.

"With Casper it's quite clear in that he has to produce the performances that see him start in front of other players, like Kalvin Phillips, Tom Adeyemi, who has not been on the pitch, like Luke Murphy, like [Toumani] Diagouraga, like [Liam] Bridcutt."

Evans has no complaints with the effort Sloth is putting in on the training ground, but he still needs to see more from the Dane in order to hand him minutes on the pitch.

"He has to be offering more than they are and I am not the only head coach to have taken the decision that others sit in front of him.

"So we need to see a little bit more. He's trying ever so hard. His attitude is fantastic. But sometimes we need a little bit more than that."

With Leeds having little to play for over the remainder of this season it remains to be seen whether Evans gives Sloth more game time.