Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer has explained in the Yorkshire Evening Post that he feels Neil Redfearn has found the right system for the club.
Leeds have changed in recent games from playing with one man up front to a system, which is based around having five midfielders packing the middle of the pitch and Lorimer feels it’s paying off.
“We’ve seen some big individual performances during that run (four wins in last five) but for me the biggest factor in the club’s improvement has been the change of formation,” wrote Lorimer.
“Five players in midfield suits us so much better than a flat four and it was telling that we lost the only game where Neil Redfearn decided to break from it.”
“It didn’t surprise me that after the defeat to Brentford he was straight back to 4-2-3-1 away at Reading.”
It was always going to be difficult for Leeds to compete in a system where they have only four players in midfield.
A diamond relies on a team controlling possession in the middle, which leaves the wings and the full-backs exposed out wide.
Sides could pull the central midfielders out of position by focusing on those wide areas, which sometimes left Leeds United’s players exposed in the middle.
An extra man provides extra cover and Leeds have a number of talented, quick and fit young midfielders who can do the extra defensive leg work needed in midfield as well as getting forward to support Steve Morison in attack.
Where Redfearn has to be careful is that Leeds don’t become too predictable with the system they are currently using.
Any team about to face Leeds will be studying the formation they have been using in their recent successful run and will be looking for ways to adapt.
It’s important Redfearn has options when sides start to work out the current system.