Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has admitted fans may have seen the last of the diamond formation, which has been used for the majority of the season.
Leeds have played with a very narrow midfield in plenty of games, which is one of the main reasons attributed to their current Championship position just above the top three.
The boss has defended using a diamond, but has revealed he doesn’t think the side can get any more out of it.
“It’s not that the diamond doesn’t work or can’t work,” he’s quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We’ve had some good performances with that system. I just feel we’ve squeezed as much out of it as we can with this squad.”
“A change was called for and it (the 4-2-3-1 system) is the way forward for us now.”
The problem with the diamond is that it put pressure on the full backs to get forward and create the width on either side.
That sometimes left the centre backs exposed, causing one of them to come out of position, which creates gaps through the heart of the defence.
Sides were finding ways to exploit that weakness and Redfearn deserves credit for making a change and addressing the problem.
Leeds still lost the match against Sunderland, but it was a step in the right direction and it’s a contest they could easily have won had their attacking players made more of the good chances which fell their way.
Leeds are under pressure heading into the game against Bolton this weekend but they are trying something different and giving themselves a different option and line of attack, which will hopefully get them moving up the table.