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The Sam Byram stat that highlights one of Leeds United's biggest problems

The Leeds icon has been criticised this season. Yet who else is stepping up to the plate in the final third?

Leeds United beat MK Dons 2-1 on Saturday afternoon and their Championship campaign looks far better with the Yorkshire side having returned to the top half of the table - only nine points off first.

But many fans were unhappy with the level of United's performance in Milton Keynes, while boss Uwe Rosler admitted they should have done better despite the victory.

Some have commented that Leeds were overrun by MK Dons and there have been times this term when they have simply been outplayed.

What stands out is a lack of creativity and goals in the final third. Leeds have been scoring but hardly in abundance - and one particular stat highlights their problems in terms of creating chances.

 2015/16 Chances CreatedMinutes Played
Sam Byram 16 594
Stuart Dallas 11 664
Chris Wood 11 720
Lewis Cook 9 449
Charlie Taylor 7 720
Alex Mowatt 6 439

Indeed, as Opta stats show, Sam Byram has created 16 chances so far this season and few have even come near him. And yet Byram has been criticised the most by supporters for his recent form.

So, if an off-form Byram has made five more key passes than anyone else in the Whites squad, where else will their chances come from?

Leeds are just off the back of a win and their start to the campaign has been far from disastrous. But, to prevent teams overrunning them as many feel MK Dons did, the key is to go on the front foot, attack and create opportunities of their own.

More is needed from elsewhere, while Byram's quality shines through in that his numbers are still higher than anyone else's despite a dip in performances.

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