Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler deserves a pat on the back for quickly and efficiently dealing with a key area of his squad and giving himself plenty of attacking options for when the Championship returns in one month.
Rosler has three very good strikers to choose from in the form of Mirco Antenucci, Lee Erwin and Chris Wood, which gives Leeds different attacking dimensions and options for the manager to consider as the club hunt three points in every game.
The combination of attacking players that Rosler uses will be determined by the formation he decides to base the team around.
He could go with one player up front in attack, flanked by some pace in wide positions in a 4-3-3 style.
If he opts for that line of thinking, Antenucci or Wood could be the prominent figures because they have the experience of having played Championship football before. It’s also arguable that they would both be the preferred options if Rosler wanted a system based around two strikers.
Lee Erwin offers a very good aerial threat and presence up front and could be a good target option for Rosler if the team needs to go direct, maybe chasing a game with the Scot coming off of the bench.
Pre-season the best indication
Pre-season will be the best indication of how Leeds are likely to shape up under Rosler and the sort of football the club can expect.
Antenucci and Wood may have an edge over Erwin in terms of their experience of English football, but pre-season equates to a level playing field for all players.
Erwin may feel that he’s a more sophisticated player than a simple target man and he may completely outperform Antenucci and Wood, pushing himself forward as the key striker for the new season.
The most important thing is that Rosler has options to complement a vibrant, young and talented midfield.