Darko Milanic has work to do to improve Leeds United in five statistical areas.
Darko Milanic has been confirmed as the new Leeds United manager, he’s taken his first training session and had his first press conference.
His attention will now turn to the problems and issues within this Leeds United side that he has to address as the team looks to climb the Championship and back into the Premier League.
Neil Redfearn deserves credit for creating momentum and a positive environment for the new boss to walk into but there are some key areas of the stats which Milanic has to address.
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Leeds United have received more red cards in Championship games than any other team this season.
Milanic needs to find a way to temper the enthusiasm and energy of his players to ensure that the team isn’t left at a numerical disadvantage for important games later in the season.
Leeds are one of the sides in the Championship with an average possession percentage in games of lower than 50%.
Milanic’s job will be to put that percentage the correct side of 50, which will allow the side to control games and attack more effectively.
Leeds are conceding an average of 16.5 shots per game on average this season.
Only Bolton, Birmingham and Championship new boys Brentford are conceding more.
That’s a worry because in simple terms; the more shots a side is having, the more likely they are to score.
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Leeds average the lowest number of shots per game in the Championship and are the only side averaging under ten shots per match.
Redfearn has drilled confidence and precision back into the attack. It’s now Milanic’s job to get the side playing a more aggressive brand of attacking football, creating more opportunities to shoot and score.
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Leeds average four dribbles per game, with only Birmingham averaging lower.
Again, it’s about creating freedom in attack and giving the players the confidence to try and take the opposition on in difficult situations.