Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin has made a reputation for himself in recent seasons for his outspoken views live on air.
During Castleford Tigers’ live game against Warrington Wolves on Saturday, Wilkin attracted the ire of Salford Red Devils fans with his comments on the club’s chances of reaching the Super League play-offs.
“They’re flimsy,” Wilkin said live on air.
“They can attack their way out of trouble to a certain extent but there’s got to be a point where you have some steel and backbone and I just don’t see Salford having any backbone.
“If you look at the fixtures (they’ve got) Warrington, Hull and Castleford, how big are they because they’re the teams in the mix.
“It’s a big end to the season for Salford but I just don’t think they have the minerals to get it done.”
Those comments certainly weren’t appreciated by Salford chief executive Ian Blease who took to Twitter to share his displeasure following a big 32-6 win over Catalans Dragons yesterday.
“No steel! No backbone! No minerals to get it done,” with a hand covering a face emoji after cropping Wilkin’s video.
no steel ! no backbone! no minerals to get it done 🤦♂️ 👹 pic.twitter.com/dtp6wfIwNC
— Ian Blease (@Ianblease1) July 17, 2022
Salford are one of the form teams in Super League at present and certainly put Catalans to the sword yesterday with Australian livewire halfback Brodie Croft running the show alongside ex-Hull FC star Marc Sneyd.
The Red Devils, despite being cut hard by injuries, seem to have the right blend of youthful enthusiasm and experienced heads with winger Ken Sio enjoying yet another big day at the races with a hat-trick of tries.
Up next, the Red Devils take on Toulouse Olympique on Saturday night, desperate to continue their good run in a bid to reach the play-offs, sitting just two points behind Hull FC who were smashed 60-0 by Wigan Warriors last Friday night.