Five Leeds United players who must step up after the international break

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Taking a look at some key players for Leeds United who their manager will no doubt be hoping up their game sooner rather than later.

Leeds United head into the latest international break with just two wins from their first 10 league games this season, and manager Uwe Rosler will know there is plenty of work to be done in the weeks ahead.

Here we take a look at five Leeds players Rosler will be hoping up their game when the domestic action returns later this month:

Sol Bamba

Last season, centre-back Sol Bamba was a rock for Leeds while on loan from Italy. But having completed his permanent move to Elland Road the Ivorian has looked increasingly shaky at the back.

It does not help when Bamba plays alongside Giuseppe Bellusci as he did for the recent match against Middlesbrough, but it is time the 30-year-old develops an effective and long-lasting partnership with Liam Cooper.

Alex Mowatt

Leeds fans must be patient with Alex Mowatt given that he is only 20, but at the same time Rosler will be hoping the midfielder uses the international break to rediscover the form that made him such an effective player last season.

If he bursts back onto the scene later this month, it will be a timely boost for player and club alike.

Lewis Cook

Like Mowatt, Lewis Cook should not be swamped with pressure, but he is one of the players who has underperformed so far this season and a resurgence will be key in just how high Leeds finish this season.

Will Buckley

It is far too early to judge recent loan addition Will Buckley but the 25-year-old was off the pace and ineffective for Leeds on his debut and he should be using the next few weeks to build up his fitness.

An on-song Buckley would go down a treat at Elland Road right now and this break could help him achieve that.

Stuart Dallas

Stuart Dallas has not had a bad start to life as a Leeds player but the Northern Ireland international needs to offer more in terms of creative threat.

Leeds are currently over-reliant on Charlie Taylor down the left side and as well as the youngster is doing, Dallas must step up.

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