Analysis: Three key areas Leeds United need to change for promotion push

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We take a look at three areas Brian McDermott should look to change in the summer to build a more substantial promotion push.

Leeds suffered a hammer blow to their already fragile promotion hopes on Saturday and despite results going their way in other games around the country, their loss was really uninspiring.

The game against Bolton was statistically unlike most of their games this season and in fact, it was one of the very few games this season where Leeds dominated in possession. Obviously the worry in this instance is what they actually produced with that possession.

Defensively, the loss of Jason Pearce proved substantial and it really does underline his form over the past season. And when a player makes that much of a difference, you know he's one to keep around.

But as for the changes McDermott needs to ring in the future, I believe its as much a mentality problem than it is a personnel issue.

Wide-Midfield areas...

This is Leeds United's biggest issue and it proved to be their major flaw in the game against Bolton on Saturday. Despite producing 40 crosses in the game against the Lancashire side, only seven found their target. Kebe and Stewart in particular were incredibly wasteful, attempting 13 crosses without hitting the intended target even once.

Central-Midfield area...

It's not only the wide areas causing concern for Leeds United supporters and in the middle of the park they lack a certain accuracy and creativity. Alex Mowatt, although still young, has been the the shining light of the current midfield and at 19 years of age it shouldn't happen. He has the best pass accuracy and most assists from central midfield in the team, whereas Rudolph Austin and Luke Murphy definitely have room to improve.


Against QPR last week, Leeds United had a high-level of intensity and it showed as the Hoops ran out of ideas quickly, which resulted in Leeds controlling the game. Unfortunately this isn't something that has happened regularly this season and it's been an issue. Again, this could be put largely down to the midfield area not doing their job properly and leaving the defence exposed. Either way, it's an area that needs addressing if Leeds are to become substantial promotion contenders.

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