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Uwe Rosler admits Leeds must sign players with the ‘profile’ for Elland Road

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Leeds want players who can overcome the pressure and expectation of playing at Elland Road.

Speaking to LUTV following Leeds’ loss to Ipswich, Uwe Rosler responded when asked how he can get new signings to adapt to the pressure and expectation of playing at Elland Road.

The head coach said: “In terms of the long-term, recruitment-wise, when we recruit players they have to have a certain profile [to cope with the pressure].”

Considering the standing of both Leeds and Elland Road in English football history, it is no surprise that there is added expectation of player’s heads to always perform.

So far in Rosler’s reign, Leeds have yet to live up to their home reputation, with no victories at Elland Road to their name, and they lost their first game of the season on Tuesday evening to Ipswich.

Rosler has admitted that when he is buying players, they need to be capable of dealing with the pressure of turning out for the club, and this has led the head coach on a mission to sign experienced and level headed players to sign.

Sol Bamba is the prime example, having enjoyed an impressive career and with a wealth of Championship experience which means he is not fazed by the experience of playing at Elland Road. Chris Wood, Tom Adeyemi and Stuart Dallas are both younger than Bamba, but also have a played in the Football League for a number of games, meaning they are well suited to the club.

The risky signings are those of Lee Erwin and Jordan Botaka, who have little first-team football to their names, and none in England. There is the potential for them to fail to adapt with ease to the Championship, and Rosler would be wise to ease them in slowly to the club.

Leeds changed their transfer philosophy over the summer to target experienced players ahead of the Italian lower league players they signed in 2014, and it is clear that Rosler wants to bring in players who are ready to make their mark at Elland Road as soon as they arrive at the club.

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