Greg Abbott suggests why Steve Evans has been reluctant to use Casper Sloth

Elland Road pitchside

Casper Sloth has not played a single Leeds game this season.

Sloth has not been used by either Uwe Rosler or Steve Evans this season, and former Leeds coach Greg Abbott has told TV Yorkshire why the head coach is against playing the Danish midfielder

Abbott said: “If you are going to play with a two-man midfield, he bombs forward like you wouldn’t believe. It’s all well and good doing that in a three, but when you’re a two, you leave yourselves bare. Teams are very solid when they play a two-man midfield, but with Casper, he might get you a goal, but he will leave you wide open.”

Sloth arrived at Leeds last summer to big fanfare, but he struggled to ever adapt himself to playing at Elland Road. The 23-year-old managed just 14 games last term, and this season has been even worse.

Sloth has not yet played a single minute of first-team action, and this is simply down to not being selected by either Rosler or Evans.

The midfielder is a consistent selection at Under-21 level, and Abbott has explained that it is Sloth’s style of play which is preventing him from playing under Evans.

He is a naturally attacking midfield, who would suit playing as a number 10 or in a three-man midfield, but in Evans 4-4-2 system, the Danish international has no role to play.

The wingers are the main providers of attacking threat, with the two central midfielders asked to simple sit in the middle third and prevent any opposition attacks. This is where Sloth is let down, as his main desire is to push forward into the final third, rather than just defend.

Sloth undoubtedly has talent, and he could still revive his career at Elland Road, but it appears as if the midfielder has been a victim of circumstance since signing for Leeds.

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