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Clayton Donaldson comments on Uwe Rosler, hints at his tactical ability

Uwe Rosler has been appointed head coach of Leeds United.

Clayton Donaldson worked under Uwe Rosler at Brentford, and he has commented on his former boss to the Yorkshire Evening Post, suggesting that he has a real ability to assess a playing squad to make sure they perform in the manner most suited to them.

The now-Birminghamn City forward said: “We were always 4-3-3 at Brentford. The style that suited the players who were there and [Rosler] knew that. We never played 3-5-2. I know he played that way quite a lot at Wigan but it wouldn’t have worked for us. We didn’t have the right squad.

“That’s pretty much how he thinks. He’ll look at the personnel and then he’ll work out what’s best for them. We had a philosophy. The era that Brentford are in started with Uwe. I’d definitely say that.”

These are certainly promising comments, and they show that Rosler is well versed in getting the best out of the playing squad he has inherited, creating a system that is perfect for that side.

Brentford played a 4-3-3, with a focus upon high pressing and brining the wingers into the attacking play, whilst at Wigan he carried on Roberto Martinez’s approach, playing possession-based football. This meant he utilised a 3-5-2, allowing the extra bodies in the midfield third to suffocate the available space for the opposition, whilst providing extra passing options to hold onto the ball.

Leeds have a squad that has shown to be fairly energetic, and it would come as no surprise to see them utilise the pressing 4-3-3 system, ahead of the possession-based 3-5-2. However, as Donaldson has suggested, he will only decide upon his style of football when he has assessed the squad properly.

Since Massimo Cellino’s arrival at the club, Leeds have not been blessed with fantastic technical managers, with even Neil Redfearn’s success on the pitch coming down to a desire to stick with the basic principles.

Cellino has finally hired a manager who is well versed in the Championship, has proven himself as a talented tactician, and has created a progressive footballing philosophy at his previous club.

It given the time to work without pressure at Elland Road, it is hard to look past Rosler bringing success back to Leeds United in the not too distant future.

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