Wednesday are looking in the wrong places; Are Leeds more than a one man team?

In our newest feature ‘at the end of the day’ Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on Wigan Athletic, Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United involved.

The Sheffield Wednesday manager hunt carries on, as Wigan Athletic target their man. 

Wigan Athletic are set to name Uwe Rosler as their new manager in the next 24 hours. The Brentford manager keeps a low profile, but he carries himself very impressively, knows the game and I'm sure will turn out to be a shrewd choice for Dave Whelan. 

Sheffield Wednesday on the other hand have me scratching my head, I just can't understand their thought process going into their manager search. 

They're in a dangerous position at the minute and very much in the relegation dogfight. A wrong choice could see them eliminated to the third tear yet again, however, the current five favourites for the job make me want to run out and splash the cash on their relegation. 

I can't help but think the selection process if going down the wrong route, personally I don't understand why they aren't pulling out all the stops for Ian Holloway - If I was a Wednesday fan he would be my first choice and has recently admitted he is keen to get back.

In the Yorkshire evening post I read an interesting article by Peter Lorimer with regards to how Leeds United would fare without Ross McCormack, especially in the goal area. 

Now, it is interesting that this came about after their impressive 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic Wednesday night, well I thought it was impressive until I saw the statistics.

I was astounded to see that Leeds United had just 35% of the possession against Wigan and made just 271 passes, yet still won 2-0. In comparison with Derby County, who also played on the same night and won, they registered 631 passes in their match, retaining 66% of the possession.

There is a difference of 360 passes between the two sides, with Derby having the better pass accuracy too - that is a scary thought to know there are comparisons as wide by their potential promotion rivals. 

Ross McCormack was obviously the star man with 2 goals but it was infact Matt Smith that had the most shots in the game with 5, but only put 1 on target. It's also worth noting that Ross McCormack has scored more than 50% of Leeds United's league goals this season, another outstanding fact. 

So without sounding critical, I can understand the worries about what losing Ross McCormack would do to Leed's promotion push. 

However, this is football and if Ross McCormack was to get injured for a few months, I do believe that there would be someone who could step up to the plate and do a job. I don't know who I would back, but I don't think it is as black and white as made out. 

Leeds would still expect to be up and around the play-off positions come the end of the season. 

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