Evans replaced Rosler as head coach of Leeds United last week, and he has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the players are happier under his management due to the style of play he has brought to Elland Road.
Evans said: “I think the players are happier with how we’re playing. Rather than play a containment game, which is what’s been happening since the start of the season, we’re going to play attacking football.”
When Rosler arrived at Elland Road, it was expected that he would live up to his words and playing a high pressing game, looking to stretch play, rather than contain it.
However, the football could not live up to expectations, and it was all to often much more dull than many believed it should have been. The play was not about high pressing, and instead resulted in Leeds defending in their own third all too often.
Whether this was Rosler’s game plan all along, to if the players just could not come to terms with his tactics will never be known, but Evans has changed things around since being hired, looking to create a more attacking team.
He has altered the formation to a 4-4-2, and has told his players to keep it simple and focus play down the wings, and there have been clear improvements. Admittedly, Leeds have still not won under Evans, but he has claimed that the players are much happier with him in charge.
This style of play is much more adventurous, and is certainly more fun to play, and with the players responding to Evans’ new tactics, it should not be too long before Leeds win their third game of the season.