When asked if there is any chance he could alter his 4-1-4-1 system that worked so well against Hull, Evans said: “Yes, I think there is. You learn very quickly in the Championship that it’s about particular teams; shapes and systems for certain opposition. But it’s not really about 4-3-3, 4-4-2 or anything else. We just want to go out and play football and if we play with the right application, we’ll win.”
Evans fielded a 4-1-4-1 system against Hull City, and secured an impressive 2-1 victory over the high-flying team last weekend.
It was a system which played into the hands of many of the Leeds players, and it gave the perfect base for Liam Bridcutt to run the team from holding midfield.
There have been calls for Evans to keep playing this set-up for the foreseeable future having played so well against Hull, but the head coach has admitted that he could change his system this weekend against Charlton, as it always depends upon the opposition.
Whilst Evans is partially correct, he would be foolish to completely disregard his current set-up considering it has proven that it can defeat one of the best teams in the Championship.
The 4-1-4-1 offers defensive stability, attacking flair and a key basis upon wing-play, and as a set-up it works perfectly for the players Evans can call upon.
However, that is not to say that Evans’ game plan should remain the same against Charlton as it did against Hull, but the head coach should look to field the exact same team as he did last weekend.