Five things we learned about Leeds from their 2-1 defeat to Brighton

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Leeds United lost 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

Leeds United’s players returned to domestic football with a home match against Championship leaders Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend and things did not go the way of the hosts.

Uwe Rosler’s side ultimately lost 2-1 so here are five things we learned from their latest match:

Taylor is vital...

Charlie Taylor has been Leeds’ best player so far this season and with the left-back unavailable Rosler’s side suffered.

Switching Gaetano Berardi to the opposite flank was the obvious move but Taylor has been a class apart in the current campaign and the sooner he returns the better.

...but Wootton is anything but

Replacing Berardi at right-back was Scott Wootton and the former Manchester United player was simply not good enough.

On this evidence, it is unlikely Wootton will be playing many more games for the first-team this season.

This side needs Byram back

Sam Byram started yet another match on the substitutes’ bench, coming on for the final 12 minutes which was too little too late.

Wood’s luck was out

On another day, Chris Wood would have scored the brilliant chance he had to put Leeds ahead and they may well have gone on to win the game, but the summer signing missed from six yards out and the rest if history.

Botaka is going to be a star

One big positive was watching Jordan Botaka terrorise Brighton’s back-line and on this evidence the DR Congo international is going to be a very influential player for Leeds once he has settled in.

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