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A predicted central midfield for Leeds United under Uwe Rosler

Lewis Cook

Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler shouldn't tamper too much with the middle of the team for next season.

Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler will already be working on plans over how to setup his side ahead of the players returning for pre-season training towards the end of this month.

Rosler is lucky to have so many gifted youngsters across his defence and midfield, with the middle of his team arguably the most important area he needs to focus on as Leeds look to push for a position in the top six next season.

Rosler has plenty of choices and it will be interesting to see if he goes for a two or three man central midfield system next season.

Leeds are at their very best when they can get on the ball and control possession through midfield, which they stand a better chance of doing in a three man system.

Two players who simply have to start through the middle next season are Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, who excelled under the guidance of Neil Redfearn in the last campaign.

Cook is well suited to pulling the string and controlling the tempo, with Mowatt further forward looking to add to his nine goals and two assists last season.

It will then be a case of Rosler looking to put some grit and experience in and around that duo in order to offer them a little bit of protection.

He could take a punt on someone like Joey Barton who has been released by QPR, but there is a definite need to fill the void and replace the presence, which was created by former midfielder Rudy Austin.

The Daily Mail also suggested that Charlie Adam was a target for the club under Neil Redfearn and he’s someone who would surely interest Rosler if available.

There could be occasions next season where Rosler is forced to play two players up front and he has to think carefully over whether to withdraw Mowatt into a slightly deeper role.

Alternatively, he could leave Mowatt in the number ten role to support a central striker.

There’s not too much wrong with the balance Cook and Mowatt create for each other in the middle, with the only addition next to them an experienced player, which is unfortunate for someone like Luke Murphy but a necessity nevertheless.

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