The two Leeds players Redfearn should use to solve tactical dilemma

Adryan

Leeds failed to sign a winger in January, but two players could still help Neil Redfearn's men.

The winter transfer window came to an end on Monday night, and Leeds United will largely be happy with their dealings.

In came defender Sol Bamba, defensive midfielder Granddi Ngoyi and striker Edgar Cani, all arriving on loan from Italian clubs until the end of the season.

Considering Leeds' transfer embargo, the Whites did well to strengthen in three key areas as well as keep hold of star youngsters like Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook.

Yet one area wasn't strengthened, which really should have been - and that's on the flanks, where Leeds are devoid of wingers.

Leeds have spent most of the season playing 4-4-2 with a narrow diamond in midfield, negating the need for wingers -but now, Redfearn has switched to more of a 4-5-1 with two wingers.

Byram and Mowatt are currently playing out of position on the flanks, with neither of them serving as recognised wingers.

Reports leading up to the transfer deadline suggested that the Whites were interested in a trio of Championship wide men - Huddersfield's Joe Lolley, Millwall Martyn Woolford and Rotherham's Ben Pringle.

However, none of them arrived, leaving Redfearn with three options; sign a free agent, wait until the loan market re-opens or try other players from his existing squad. Two players stick out for that final alternative; Adryan and Souleymane Doukara.

Starting with Adryan, the Brazilian hasn't featured since the FA Cup tie at Sunderland a month ago, but should be given another chance.

Largely a playmaker, Adryan has also played out wide in Brazil before, and has the necessary guile to cut inside from the flanks to create chances - possibly in the same way that David Silva does for Manchester City.

And on the other flank, Doukara would be able to provide some balance by offering a more direct, pacey option; and is another player who has played out wide earlier in his career.

The 23-year-old is another player who has been on the sidelines lately, but unless Redfearn can exploit the free agent or loan market, he has to consider using these two in wide areas - albeit in very different roles.

It may work, it may not - but they would offer more dynamic wide options than Byram and Mowatt right now.

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