How Leeds could line up in Rosler's 'Plan B' formation next season

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New Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler has hinted that he could use a 3-5-2 system next season.

Leeds United confirmed the appointment of Uwe Rosler as their new manage on Wednesday, with the German coming in to seemingly replace Neil Redfearn in the Elland Road dugout - despite Redfearn's departure not yet being confirmed.

After a 15th place finish in the Championship this season, Leeds will now hope that Rosler, formerly of Brentford and Wigan, can push them towards the play-off places next season.

Rosler, 46, will be assessing his options in the transfer market in the summer, but gave fans an indication of how Leeds could line up next season.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Rosler outlined that whilst he would prefer to use a 4-3-3 system, he could also go with a 3-5-2.

"Playing 4-3-3, I like to have pace on the sides," Rosler said. "My alternative system is a 3-5-2 where we play with two strikers. I did that at Wigan and did it successfully in the FA Cup against Premier League opposition. That would be Plan B."

Leeds don't currently have the wingers to play a 4-3-3 system, but here is how they could line up if Rosler went to a 3-5-2...

Barring the permanent signing of Sol Bamba to reinforce the defence, Rosler could start with a back three of Scott Wootton, Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper, with a good balance of left and right footed players.

At wing back, Leeds can use Charlie Taylor and Sam Byram on the left and right respectively, with both players able to get forward effectively having previously played out wide in midfield too.

Again, there's a balance of left and right footed players in central midfield with Alex Mowatt and Luke Murphy either side of the slightly more defensive-minded Lewis Cook.

Up front, Leeds aren't blessed with any fantastic options, but playing Mirco Antenucci alongside a target man like Steve Morison could work - though Rosler will surely be expected to add more options in attack during the summer transfer window.

Rosler will also be trying to add options out wide to add pace in the final third, but the current options at his disposal lend themselves to playing in the 3-5-2 system that Rosler talked about on Wednesday - even if it was only a Plan B. 

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