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Two questions Rosler still needs to address before Leeds United's opener

Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler still needs to work through a couple of issues at the club.

Leeds United face their final game of pre-season this weekend as they take on Premier League giants Everton.

The match will provide another stern test for Uwe Rosler’s team ahead of their first Championship game of the season the weekend after next against Burnley.

Leeds are in good shape ahead of that contest but there are still two main questions, which the boss needs to answer ahead of the Elland Road opener.

Who will be Leeds United’s captain?

Rosler is yet to officially announce who will be his captain for the forthcoming season.

Defender Sol Bamba has been the man handling the role through the pre-season period following his permanent move to the club and he would be a good option to do the job long term.

He plays at the back of the team where he can pay close attention to the organisation of the side and he can be a leader to a side packed with predominantly younger players.

It’s the job of the captain to ensure that the younger players don’t step out of line in terms of the way they behave.

He also has a big responsibility in terms of keeping all players motivated, which won’t be easy if the season doesn’t start positively.

Where's the new winger?

Rosler has arguably needed a new winger in his squad all summer.

Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor did well in wide roles last season, but long term they are defensive players and will settle in full-back roles.

Rosler will likely be working away on one or two options in the transfer market but he needs to find a way to give the club more width, which was a problem under old boss Neil Redfearn.

Whether he asks a full-back to continue playing out of position or whether he urges someone like Lee Erwin to play wider, it’s a question which needs to be addressed for the balance and development of the side.

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