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Is this why Leeds United are struggling to score goals?

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Leeds United have had the second fewest number of shots in the Championship, whilst also allowing opposition sides to have numerous attempts against them.

Leeds United's goalscoring problems can be attributed to the fact that they simply are not taking enough shots.

  ShotsShots againstAppearances
Bolton 135 189 11
Wigan 135 127 11
Reading 130 152 11
Blackpool 127 171 11
Cardiff 126 179 11
Leeds 107 181 11
Charlton 102 167 11

The Whites have netted just once under Darko Milanic since he took over and he will know they need to increase their attacking threat if they are to have any chance of meeting expectations this season.

So far only Charlton Athletic have had fewer shots than Leeds, who have mustered a measly 107 attempts in 11 matches so far.

Leeds have averaged just a goal a game so far this season and their lack of attempts to test the opposition goalkeeper is a major reason for this.

If this was a result of a defensive strategy, it could be understandable, but Leeds are fairly easy to forge chances against, too, which is equally worrying. 

The Yorkshire side have seen opposition teams take 181 shots on their goal, which is the third highest total in the league.

Only Bolton Wanderers and Brentford, who have had far more shots themselves, allow their 'keeper to be tested more regularly. 

It highlights the task on hand for Milanic, who needs to sort problems at both ends of the pitch.

So far the Slovenian has collected just one point during his time at Elland Road, and he will have been working hard to correct the faults in their game over the international break.

The side have had a two-week break from club football, allowing Milanic to introduce his new ideas to the team.

When they take to the field again on Friday night, they will be looking to show improvements both offensively and defensively against Rotherham United, as Milanic looks to get his first victory as manager.

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