Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn hasn’t frequently had to pick his team up after defeats in recent weeks, but that’s the challenge he faces this weekend ahead of the game against Watford.
Redfearn admitted after the loss to Brighton that he felt some players in his team were tired (as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post), which suggests he could be toying with the idea of making one or two changes to his team this weekend.
One change he should definitely consider is freshening up his attack and bring Mirco Antenucci back into the team ahead of Steve Morison.
Morison’s work rate and effort can’t be faulted but what Redfearn needs to see flowing from his strikers over the rest of the season is goals.
What it boils down to is that Antenucci has eight goals in the Championship this season, Morison has none.
Redfearn could contemplate playing both of them but if he goes down that route, he risks the balance which has been established across his midfield.
Playing with five midfielders gives Leeds an extra man, allow him to go and cover where he’s needed or to provide extra width down either side of the team.
That requires the striker to play as more of a target man, which is the main reason Morison has been able to keep his place in the team.
Antenucci can do that role and he’s a more creative player, who will look to get in behind the Watford defence this weekend, to give the midfielders options and to create space in front of Watford’s back four.
Antenucci played for half an hour alongside Morison against Brighton, with Leeds chasing the game but a refreshed attack and renewed energy up front against Watford could allow Redfearn’s team to get ahead of the game and stay there.