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Comments suggest Leeds boss Milanic would be open to signing top level midfielder

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Leeds boss Darko Milanic indicated he was restricted by the side's midfield in his attempts to change the game at Brentford.

Leeds lost the opening game of the Darko Milanic era at the weekend but it was not all bad news.

The Whites created more chances, had more shots, and made more successful final third passes than in any other game this season.

Chasing the game at 1-0 down, Leeds were caught on the counter-attack and conceded a second, and Milanic did not dare send on another striker.

This he claimed, was in regard to the inexperienced midfield who he felt would be overloaded if he had.

He told Leeds United TV after the game: "If we bring another striker on, then for our young players in the middle it is too heavy."

Milanic trusted Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt to start the game, both teenagers, while early replacement Casper Sloth is only 22.

The head coach's comments suggest, he would be open to signing a more experienced top level midfielder should the opportunity present itself during the transfer window.

Leeds have been linked with signing Bosnian international midfielder Anel Hadzic, 25, who starred for Milanic at Sturm Graz.

Signing a player of his calibre and experience to balance the young players, and those like Luke Murphy who are still relatively unproven, would be a sensible move.

Milanic could take positives from the performance of Leeds, but the fact he felt restricted in doing what he wanted to do, by the personnel available, suggests he could decide to bring in those who can.

Having a player who can dictate the pace of play and provide the stability for Leeds to play with two strikers away from home even when chasing a game would be of benefit, and Milanic clearly did not see that as an option at the weekend.

His view could change, as he learns more about his squad and players over the coming months and they adapt to him, but certainly the Slovenian did not want to risk losing by more than two goals in his opening match as manager.

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