Why Tom Adeyemi is central to Leeds' fortunes against former club Brentford

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The imposing midfielder has been a key part of Uwe Rosler's early plans at Elland Road.

Leeds United resume their season at home to Brentford this weekend, in a game which pits Tom Adeyemi and Uwe Rosler against the club they first came into contact at.

The current Leeds boss was the manager at Griffin Park between 2011 and 2013, while Adeyemi was a key player in his side that reached the League One play-off final in his last season at the club.

And despite being one Rosler's least exorbitant signings of the summer, Adeyemi has again, quickly risen to become one of the unsung heroes in the German's new project.

Occupying a defensive midfield birth - a position noticeably under-utilised at Leeds in recent years - the 23-year-old has provided the Whites with a renewed sense of security since debuting on the first day of the season.

  AppearancesDuel WonInterceptionAccurate PassBall RecoveryPoss Won Def 3rd
Tom Adeyemi 5 27 10 96 13 7

Though of course part of a collective effort, Adeyemi's contribution in the midfield has seen Leeds make an unbeaten start to the campaign; a feat which only Brighton, Cardiff and Birmingham can match. In large part to his inclusion, the Yorkshire side look markedly more rigid and stubborn.

And following the end of the international break, the Cardiff-owned midfielder is going to have to pick up where he left off against Brentford this weekend. 

Despite their inconsistent start to the season, the Bees remain one of the more expansive sides in the Championship, and have actually found the back of the net more often than Leeds, despite playing a game less.

Particularly against a 4-2-3-1 formation which is characterised by Alan Judge's creativity behind the striker, Adeyemi will have to be at his restrictive best on Saturday; continuing his theme of quiet but imperative work for the team.

A win for Leeds would make it back-to-back victories for the first time in Rosler's short tenure, and could potentially take them into the play-offs this weekend. While on the reverse, a win for Marinus Dijkhuizen's team on the road could give their season a much needed kick-start.

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