Five things we learned about Leeds United from 4-0 defeat to Brighton

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Leeds United were hammered in their latest Championship outing.

Leeds United’s season took a turn for the worse when they were humiliated 4-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday evening.

Steve Evans’ side have struggled for consistency this season but they were proving hard to beat while the losses they did suffer usually came by the odd goal.

Not so this week, with the Seagulls racing into a four-goal lead before half-time; so what did we learn about Leeds from their latest performance:

Wootton’s return was a mistake we saw coming

Leeds defender Scott Wootton is not a right-back, no matter what Evans thinks, so when he returned to the starting line-up after sitting out the recent match against Fulham fans feared another mistake.

That came soon enough with Wootton giving away a penalty, looking bereft of confidence and being substituted at half-time.

With Gaetano Berardi and Lewie Coyle on the club’s books, Wootton really should not be playing there any more.

Bellusci cannot return soon enough after Bamba horror show

With Giuseppe Bellusci suspended, Sol Bamba partnered Liam Cooper in the heart of Leeds’ defence and both men looked out of sorts.

Bamba in particular was far from the commanding centre-back he was when he first arrived on loan and Bellusci – who has shone this season – cannot return soon enough.

Doukara’s renaissance is over

Any Leeds fans hoping Souleymane Doukara was going to be the club’s goal-scoring hero have surely come back to earth despite a couple of promising showings earlier in the campaign.

Doukara is not the answer to Leeds’ problems up front; in fact he is the problem up front!

Leeds need Chris Wood

Speaking of which, summer signing Chris Wood may have had a hit-and-miss start to life at Leeds but he is still their best striking option by far.

Evans will no doubt be hoping the New Zealand international returns from injury sooner rather than later.

Antenucci is always a better option than Erwin

Why Mirco Antenucci sat on the bench with Doukara and later Lee Erwin picked ahead of him is anyone’s guess.

The Italian was Leeds’ top-scorer last season and not picking him seems strange all the time there are few decent alternatives.

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