The Leeds defence was woeful, but lacklustre attack is the biggest worry

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United's attack is far more concerning than their error prone defence.

Leeds United's defending was poor against Brighton, shipping four goals in 45 minutes in the 4-0 loss.

Scott Wootton showed he is a disaster waiting to happen, while captain Sol Bamba played arguably his worst ever game for the club.

The Whites should take solace that they will improve when Giuseppe Bellusci returns from suspension and Gaetano Berardi comes back from injury, and that up until last night their defensive record had been solid enough, conceding fewer goals than seventh placed Cardiff City prior to the loss.

Where they really need to improve is in attack, where the team has been lacklustre all season, with or without Chris Wood.

Leeds never looked like scoring against Brighton, attempting 17 shots, of which only one landed on target.

Souleymane Doukara looked isolated up front, and showed again he is better as an impact player off the bench rather than leading the line for a team which aspires for better.

This season Leeds have scored only 30 goals in 33 games. To put that in perspective, it is the same tally as Charlton Athletic, who sit in 24th position, bottom of the league, and only MK Dons (28) have netted fewer.

A central midfield partnership of Liam Bridcutt and Toumani Diagouraga has promise, but they are not a creative pairing, while Lewis Cook is inconsistent in an attacking sense, yet despite this he has been thrust into a number 10 role or positioned out on the wing.

Mustapha Carayol and Stuart Dallas are decent wingers but not prolific, while new signing Jordan Botaka has started only two games since September and has not been given a chance to show what he can do. He may not be the answer, but Leeds need to find players who are.

Goalkeeper Marco Silvestri may need replacing, but the defence needs fine tuning rather than an overhaul.

It is the attacking set up which needs the biggest work over the summer in the transfer market. The club have scored three goals in a game only twice this season, and in one of those matches the now departed Sam Byram netted twice.

The onus is on Steve Evans to get the club winning games urgently so that players of the right calibre can be attracted to the club in the summer, and if he cannot, Massimo Cellino may find a head coach who he feels can.

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