Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has told the Yorkshire Evening Post he feels Rodolph Austin should be given a free role by Neil Redfearn.
Redfearn used Austin in a slightly left sided position against Brentford, but Gray doesn’t feel that’s the best way to use the experienced midfielder.
“Rodolph Austin was trying to play on the left on Saturday but I don’t think it suits him to play left side,” wrote Gray.
“I think he’s better running all over the shop – through the middle of the park, left side, right side. I don’t think it suits Rodolph when he is tied down to a specific position.”
The theory in giving Austin more freedom in the Leeds midfield is that he can go about his business and get stuck in wherever he feels he’s needed.
If Leeds are getting attacked in a particular area, he can get across and cover more easily if he doesn’t have the responsibility of being in a specific position.
It also creates the possibility of him being able to man mark in the opposition and Redfearn could place him on a key member of the opposition and use him to disrupt that particular player’s style and rhythm of play.
Austin is arguably wasted down one side of the Leeds midfield, trying to provide balance and additional width in a position he’s not predominantly used to.
WhoScored.com shows that Austin has been used in central roles for most of the season and a better approach for Redfearn could be to put a younger, quicker option like Alex Mowatt out towards the left, leaving Austin to go where he’s needed and where he pleases to affect the game against Reading.