Andy Couzens suggests why Steve Evans changed to a five-man midfield

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Leeds played a 4-1-4-1 system in the victory over Hull City.

Speaking to Radio Yorkshire, former Leeds player Andy Couzens has suggested that Steve Evans fielded a 4-1-4-1 system against Hull City to provide increased support for Chris Wood upfront, and add a goal threat from deep.

Couzens said: “He’s playing in the five in midfield now, which gives a couple of people, at least, who can attack and get forward beyond the front man. Because there is no point having a front man up there if you can’t have anybody else getting into the box, and scoring goals. It can’t just be on one person to be scoring goals this year.”

Evans had the option to field the 4-1-4-1 following the arrival of Liam Bridcutt on loan from Sunderland.

There was no natural holding player in the squad before he signed, and Evans opted to change from his natural 4-4-2, to a system with more support in the middle of the park.

The inclusion of Bridcutt in defensive midfield meant that Lewis Cook and Tm Adeyemi - the two central midfielders - were allowed to push much further forward.

This ended up with Wood scoring, having more support behind him, as well as Adeyemi getting in on the action with a strike.

They were allowed to push forward knowing that a play would be covering for them, and Evans would be foolish to change his system in the coming weeks having seen it work so well against Hull.

Not only do the midfielders get to play a more natural box-to-box game, but Wood upfront is offered much more support than when he is featuring alongside Mirco Antenucci.

Evans has finally discovered a system that suits the players at his disposal, and as long as Bridcutt stays fit and playing, Leeds could shoot up the Championship table in the coming weeks with a series of impressive results.

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