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The stat that reveals where Leeds United have improved under Milanic

Leeds United have received the most unprofessional bookings in the Championship.

The Whites look set to build on their good, if not impressive, start to the season, having finally appointed a full-time head coach to replace caretaker boss Neil Redfearn.

Redfearn himself was a replacement for Dave Hockaday, who oversaw just four games in charge before being dismissed, and new man Darko Milanic replaced Redfearn after four games - which ended undefeated with three wins.

Milanic has yet to claim his first win in charge of the Elland Road club, but he has done something which neither coach before him achieved - ending every game with 11 players on the pitch.

Hockaday’s last Championship game in charge saw the dismissal of two first-team starters as they fell to a 4-1 defeat at Watford, whilst Redfearn’s last game - a 3-0 home win over Huddersfield - saw Gaetano Berardi asked to leave the field of play after 72 minutes. A further two players were dismissed in League Cup action, with Berardi also sent off in a 2-1 first round victory over Accrington Stanley and Luke Murphy received two yellow cards in the second round defeat at Bradford.

Whilst the Whites are not the most undisciplined team in the Championship, with Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday holding that accolade, Leeds hold an unwanted record in a similar category - being the most unprofessional team in the division.

According to WhoScored, six of the bookings received this season have been for unprofessional reasons, with just two of the same instance held by their closest rivals in the same category.

Sam Byram’s dismissal in the game at Vicarage Road came in the dying minutes, with an elbow to the face of Watford full-back Daniel Pudil, whilst a number of yellow cards have been handed out throughout the season for flailing arms and certain ‘dirty’ tactics associated with the Leeds United of old.

Berardi’s red card against Accrington Stanley was for a flying kick to the opposition player, although it should be said that it resembles a bicycle kick gone wrong, rather than an act of violence, whilst Luke Murphy’s second yellow at Bradford was for kicking out at a player - hidden in a sliding tackle.

Milanic may have yet not won a game since his arrival, but he appears to have calmed tempers on the pitch, with no red cards dished out since his arrival. With the club slowly becoming the most undisciplined team before his arrival, it should come as a welcome addition to see the new head coach dealing with the one part of the game that Leeds have struggled with this season - professionalism.

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