Leeds United need a change of style according to a man who has been paying close attention.
Former Leeds United youth team coach Greg Abbott has been talking to the Yorkshire Evening Post about the current situation at Elland Road, hinting that a change in formation is required if the club are to start climbing up the table.
Leeds are currently 17th in the Championship with 19 points from their first 18 matches, and despite an upturn in form prior to the international break the Whites have now lost back-to-back matches against Rotherham United and Queens Park Rangers.
Abbott has identified a problem in the centre of the park, suggesting that Leeds should utilise the strength they have in that area by moving away from manager Steve Evans’ preferred 4-4-2 formation.
Speaking to the YEP, Abbott said, “To play his system he needs a certain squad and I’m not sure that this group are suited to 4-4-2. In terms of the midfield, it’s the one area of the squad where Leeds have bodies and options.
“Three in the middle between two wingers would tighten things up and leave you with something up front.”
But would Evans ever go for that...and if he did who would come in and who would miss out?
As things stand Leeds play two strikers in the form of Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci, but having failed to score in their last two matches and with so many games decided by a single strike already this season, more is required of the front-men.
If there can be additional creativity in behind that can only be a good thing and surely given his goal-record and experience at this level it would be Wood who played as a lone striker when fit and available.
That would allow Alex Mowatt to play in a number 10 role with Lewis Cook and recent loan signing Liam Bridcutt adding stability and protecting the defence, with Stuart Dallas playing down one side and the exciting Jordan Botaka down the other.
It would be a bold move from Evans and perhaps it is one he is not even considering, but something needs to change at Leeds, and quickly.