Grading Uwe Rosler's work so far at Leeds United

Uwe Rosler

There have been plenty of positive signs at Leeds so far this season but progress is coming at a slow pace.

It's been a mixed start for Uwe Rosler at Leeds United since succeeding Neil Redfearn over the summer. At any other club, Rosler's achievements to date would be considered a base to move forward from.

But, under Massimo Cellino at Elland Road - or any of the Italian's other clubs in the past, coaches generally aren't given the time to prove themselves. Adam Pearson's exit as executive director may have been his own choice but, if not, it suggests the Leeds owner is in the mood for change once more.

That provides a good basis to review Rosler's work so far. Only having lost once in the Championship will work to his credit. Equally, though, just the one win - with a number of games drawn from winning positions - won't...

The positives

Already, Rosler looks to have got the best out of Chris Wood and Stuart Dallas, two of United's summer signings, while the 46-year-old has also been spoken of highly by figures such as Sol Bamba, Kalvin Phillips and more.

The German appears liked, has created a good sense of competition in midfield and has made the players fitter, clearly letting them all know exactly what he expects in every aspect of his playing system.

Rosler has, too, been able to influence games with effective substitutions, balancing the need to get injured players back to full fitness with the need to use them in games where Leeds have initially struggled.

The negatives

Rosler's rigidity in the job, however, has by now been well documented. The German has shown similar signs to those displayed in his previous jobs, batting away reasonable questions from reporters about why a football manager isn't willing to offer up a different option/system.

The Leeds boss's dedication to his 'philosophy' looks like it will always prove more costly than beneficial, while he has always been quick to state that he was right to make a certain selection - often when fans have completely disagreed.

Rosler has also still failed to address one of United's biggest problems from last season in that they simply don't score much. Obviously, the 46-year-old is dealing with a thin squad who don't possess too many alternatives up front. But his reluctance to use Mirco Antenucci has only acted against him, while Lee Erwin has also been left in the dark.

Verdict: B-

Rosler has produced a lot of talk and, if he is still at Leeds with the club constantly drawing in a month or two, that talk will have proved unfounded. But the German has certainly got on with things well for the most part, improving the basics and bringing back a semblance of identity for United. Barring a couple of poor performances, Leeds have generally looked solid. It's all simply about whether this rate of progress is quick enough for Cellino.

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