Leeds United defender and wide man Sam Byram told Radio Yorkshire about the main tactical theme that he and the rest of the squad have picked up on, during Uwe Rosler’s pre-season training sessions.
Rosler and the Leeds squad are hard at work ahead of the new season, as they look to reinvent themselves to create a better chance of being predictable for opposition sides at the start of the Championship season.
Rosler is drilling the players in terms of their fitness and a theme seems to be emerging according to one of the club’s key youngsters.
“We’ve been doing a lot of running and we’ve done a lot of work on our shape, pressing out of possession – We’ve definitely picked up on how intensely he wants us to close down as a team,” he told Radio Yorkshire.
Theory in the high press
There is real theory in Rosler encouraging a high press from his team in all games, home and away next year.
Closing down the space quickly and high up the pitch is a common tactic in the Championship, with the main intention being that it allows a side to maintain pressure over their opposition.
Leeds have some very solid and creative young players, who could excel given the chance to really turn the screw on the opposition, controlling the game and controlling possession.
The high press also allows the backline to maintain a higher position, which is a risk given the space which will be left in behind.
However, it will allow Leeds to play the ball out from the back and if they are disciplined, they can play the offside trap effectively.
It’s encouraging that Rosler is trying to develop a tactical theme and hopefully it will pay off.