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Three causes for concern after Leeds United's poor start to the season

Leeds need to pick up points after the international break to distance themselves from the bottom end of the Championship table.

The defence

No side can perform without a functional defence and Leeds United's has let them down of late.

While Sol Bamba started the season superbly, the captain himself has petered out, with Giuseppe Bellusci's horror show against Middlesbrough also ensuring his Championship season has become an uphill battle.

Charlie Taylor aside, no Leeds defender has been consistent enough this term, with Gaetano Berardi second behind him in that regard. Marco Silvestri, too, has lost games single handedly with errors and the goalkeeper is yet to show any signs of improving his command of both the area and his back four.

The goals

Like a list of how to play football, Leeds are falling short in all areas and one of their biggest problems is a lack of goals, combined with a lack of creativity in the final third.

Boss Uwe Rosler has insisted on a 4-3-3 pressing system and that system may not be a bad one - but it's not being used correctly at this moment in time. Chris Wood has often been isolated and hasn't scored bucket loads despite a good start to his Championship campaign.

As with Taylor, meanwhile, Stuart Dallas has been United's only consistent wide man.

Lack of ideas

The driving force behind a lot Leeds' success last season has dried up this time around. The likes of Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook just aren't providing the engine like they used to.

Whether that's down to being too young or Rosler not getting the best out of them, something needs to change. And that, of course, applies to the whole United team.

The Leeds head coach has promised changes, especially during games at Elland Road, and those alterations need to make an impact across all areas of the pitch for the Whites at the moment.

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