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Five things we learned about Leeds United from their defeat to Birmingham

Leeds United lost to Birmingham City in their latest Championship clash.

Leeds United lost 2-0 to Birmingham City on Saturday as Uwe Rosler’s side continued to struggle in the Championship this season.

Leeds have still only won two matches all season and they have lost three of their last four Championship matches, leaving them down in 16th position in the table.

Rosler has plenty of quality players at his disposal – including some of the most exciting young talent in the division – but he now has to get them playing effectively as a team and digging out the victories they need to start climbing back up the table.

Here are five things we learned from Leeds’ latest match:

Buckley is not an instant solution

When Leeds signed Will Buckley on loan from Sunderland it was hailed by some as an instant solution to the Whites’ problems, but the 25-year-old looked off the pace against Birmingham and was replaced before the hour-mark.

He will come good in time but to expect too much too soon of Buckley is foolish.

Botaka has work to do

Jordan Botaka replaced Buckley in the second half and while he has undeniable talent his final ball leaves a lot to be desired.

At just 22, Botaka has plenty of time to improve and that is something Rosler will no doubt be working on in training, but there continue to be problems with Leeds’ wide options despite the recent additions.

Mowatt is a shadow of last season’s player

What on earth has happened to Alex Mowatt? Whatever it is, Leeds fans will be hoping it is a blip rather than a sign of things to come.

Against Birmingham, Mowatt continued to struggle and on this evidence one of Leeds’ brightest stars last season is going to be one of their biggest disappointments just a year on.

Antenucci should be playing at home

Mirco Antenucci should be playing at Elland Road alongside Wood rather than instead of him, and if Rosler wants to fire his side up the table the Italian will be vital to their cause.

Leeds need to show more attacking intent and playing two forwards will enable them to do that.

Byram has a lot of work to do

Sam Byram was again named on the bench, coming on for the last 17 minutes on Saturday, and at this rate the young right-sided player is not going to be back in the starting line-up any time soon.

He should be, given his talent and the sheer number of chances he has created this season, but Leeds are clearly putting their faith in others from the start for now.

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