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Letting Rudolph Austin leave was Leeds United's biggest summer mistake

Are Leeds United missing Rudolph Austin's presence in midfield?

Leeds United are heading into the international break after a disappointing start to the season, having scored just nine goals in 10 games.

Their home form is their biggest worry, having failed to win at Elland Road all season, with the raucous support of the well attended stadium working as a negative with players seeming frightened to make a mistake, and unable to spark the attack into life.

Their young midfield lacks presence, and that is exactly what they allowed to leave the club on a free transfer in the summer.

The Whites let Rudolph Austin leave as his contract expired, failing to offer the central midfielder a new deal.

Austin had captained the club, and his physical presence helped Leeds make an impression on games, and nor was he afraid to shoot - often too waywardly - and take the game to the opposition.

His fearlessness has been sorely missed, and the decision not to offer him a contract extension seems poorly judged.

Austin led Jamaica to a Gold Cup win in the summer, and then was bemusingly rejected a work permit as he attempted to win a new contract in England. Had former employers Leeds simply sought to extend his deal last season, it is likely he would not have been faced with such a scenario.

He is now playing with Danish side Brondby, and at this stage of the season it really does seem as though their gain is very much Leeds United's loss.

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