Neil Redfearn makes an admission over Leeds United's formation

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Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has admitted he's considered switching back to an unpopular system from earlier this season.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn hinted to BBC Radio Leeds that he may not change the team’s tactical system following the defeat against Norwich City.

The Canaries won 2-0 at Elland Road earlier this week as Leeds fight to try and find a way to turnaround some disappointing recent performances.

“We thought about going back to a diamond and everyone would be going ‘no, not the diamond!’ but to be fair I thought the system worked quite well,” said Redfearn.

“We had little spells where we played quite well (against Norwich) – We just lack that dynamic in the final third.”

Redfearn has been tweaking things in recent games as he looks for something extra from the team, with Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor used on opposite wings for the game against Norwich, while the team were more direct with Billy Sharp in attack.

Redfearn deserves praise for trying to show initiative in attempts to create more productive performances, but the club is struggling at the moment in terms of their belief and tactics.

The problem with using a diamond system is that it places tremendous pressure on the full-backs and narrows Leeds as a team, leaving space in wide areas for the opposition to exploit.

The midfield becomes stretched because the players who are stronger through the middle are forced into wide areas, as the full-backs get caught out of position further forward where they need to supply the width in attack.

The best approach for the match against Charlton this weekend could be for the side to go back to basics, with players in their best positions as Leeds look to get back into the top half of the Championship table by the end of the campaign.

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