Leeds United captain Jason Pearce has explained one of the difficulties facing imminent new head coach Neil Redfearn; picking a settled team.
Pearce has explained how he feels the team has been changing around him, suggesting that there has been a lack of stability in terms of team selection, which creates obviously problems for a big side trying to climb the table.
“It’s still a work in progress with the team I think. There’s been a few changes in the team. Everytime the team’s picked, everyone is going out there and giving their all. We’re trying to stick together and do our best,” he told the Leeds website.
“From a personal point of view, you always go out to do your best and if you play well you expect to keep your place in the team. I’ve always tried to just do my best. The team’s changing around me but I’ve been lucky enough to play quite a lot of the games.”
Pearce has also talked about the difficulty with team rotation in his position as he tries to form an established relationship with a teammate in central defence.
The centre of any back four forms the spine of any team and it’s important Redfearn finds his best centre-back partnership quickly to try and ensure Leeds keep a higher number of clean sheets.
“It’s been hard at times with different personnel. It’s nice to try and get a centre-half pairing so you get to know each other but as a player you just get on with it and do your best.”
The Leeds skipper has also admitted that he sometimes doesn’t know what Giuseppe Bellusci is going to do next to him, which suggests Redfearn needs to ensure Pearce’s current centre-back partner settles down.
It’s important for defenders to be able to read each other so they know when to take risks and when to back off and play more conservatively because of the position or situation of those around them.
“The more you play with someone, the more you get an understanding of what they’re going to do and what they’re not going to do. Sometimes I don’t know what Bellusci’s going to do but he’s come up with a couple of important goals and he does go on his runs and create things.”