Three reasons it's all going wrong for Leeds United

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A look at why Leeds United's season is so far a big disappointment.

Leeds United's poor start to the season was confirmed by their weekend defeat to Birmingham City.

They have now lost two games in succession by a combined score of 5-0, and are yet to win a home game.

Head coach Uwe Rosler now finds his side 16th in the Championship, trying to figure out where it is going wrong.

Here are three reasons why they find themselves struggling...

Not enough leaders in midfield

Leeds are struggling to cope with the big stage at home, and failing to seize the initiative in games. It is no coincidence they have one of the youngest squads in the Championship, and their prospects are not producing under the pressure. Coupled with a lack of creativity in the side, Leeds need a player, dare we say it, of a Joey Barton type.

Too late to sign wingers

Leeds did address the one deficiency in their squad from last season, but may have left it too late to have the desirable impact. Stuart Dallas was signed days before the season started, while Jordan Botaka has only made one start, since being signed on deadline day. The Whites brought in Will Buckley on loan and played him at the weekend, but the new players need time to settle, and click with teammates, and could have been more effective had deals been done in June or July.

No settled centre-back partnership and haphazard goalkeeper

While Sol Bamba has been a constant, Leeds have chopped and changed partners for him, with Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper. This manifested itself terribly in the 3-0 away loss to Middlesbrough, with Bellusci and Bamba showing their worst. Leeds' full-backs Berardi and Taylor are performing well, but the centre-backs remain prone to off days. Goalkeeper Marco Silvestri has also been poor this season, costing them points against Bristol City and Ipswich Town.

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