Does Steve Evans’ 4-1-4-1 system open a first-team role for Leeds outcast Casper Sloth?

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Casper Sloth looks to be the perfect player for Leeds United’s new tactical set-up.

Evans made a big decision to alter from his 4-4-2 to a 4-1-4-1 on Saturday, and it paid off with a 2-1 victory over Hull City.

Liam Bridcutt sat in the holding role in front of the back-line, whilst Tom Adeyemi and Lewis Cook were given free reign in the midfield to charge forward and attack at will.

This meant that Chris Wood had support in the final third, and it is no surprise that it was arguably the best team performance by Leeds this season.

One would consider that changing the team after such a result would be a foolish move, but if Evans is going to continue with this new system, there is one player who could find himself back in first-team contention.

Casper Sloth has been one of the many failures of Massimo Cellino’s reign at Elland Road, arriving with a high reputation and going on to make just 14 appearances for the Whites last term.

He has yet to feature this season, playing instead at Under-21 level, and Evans has only called him onto the substitutes bench once.

However, he is an exceptionally technically gifted attacking midfielder, and would be perfect to play in a midfield with a holding player behind him.

If Bridcutt was behind him, Sloth would not need to do the defensive work which he struggles at, allowing him to channel all his energy into controlling possession in the final third and creating chances.

He is tidy on the ball, has a good eye for a pass, and although he has yet to prove himself at Leeds, possesses a good strike rate in front of goal - as both a goalscorer and creator.

Last month, former Leeds coach Greg Abbott told TV Yorkshire that Sloth was not being played by Evans as he was too attacking to use in a two-man midfield.

However, now that there is someone to cover for him in a three man central midfield, Sloth could find himself back playing for the Leeds first-team before too long.

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