Rosler's comments and Leeds United's timidness shows Joey Barton really was the answer

Uwe Rosler

Leeds United's players seem to be lacking the temperament to perform on the big stage. So was Joey Barton the answer after all?

Leeds United lost their first league game of the season this week, and a common theme seems to be emerging.

In both home matches over the past week against Brentford and subsequently Ipswich Town, Leeds have scored just one goal, with the strike coming from a substitute.

Leeds' starters have begun both games slowly, allowing opponents to seize the initiative.

Uwe Rosler told BBC Radio Leeds after the Ipswich loss: "We are not playing as a home team, we are not playing with the aggression. We are a little bit hesitant, we wait for what will happen."

In later comments made to LUTV, the German talked about players he would seek to sign for the club in the future, stating he would look to bring in players who have the profile to cope with the pressure.

Leeds have a young midfield, with a reliance on Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook, while Tom Adeyemi and Kalvin Phillips are talented players but also inexperienced.

It's why talk of bringing in a veteran like Joey Barton during the summer might just have been the answer after all.

The Sun reported during the summer that Leeds had considered a move for the midfielder who was a free agent.

By their own choice, Leeds did not push to sign the former Manchester City and QPR ace, who went onto sign with Burnley after the transfer window closed.

Barton may not be everybody's cup of tea, but he is the type of midfielder Leeds have been lacking over the past two games, and during their matches in August.

They lack a leader in the midfield capable of cajoling the crowd and his teammates, to spark them into action and help the team kick on.

Barton is just that and so is his former Newcastle United teammate Kevin Nolan, who remains a free agent, should Leeds decide to explore the possibility of adding him to their squad.

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