Guest writer from over the pond Þorleifur Ananíasson takes a look at the clubs recent struggles on the pitch and points out what could be going wrong and what needs to happen to sort this issue out.
What is wrong with Leeds United this season? I was almost sure we would get a home win against Birmingham last Saturday, but it ended in a 2-0 win for Birmingham. I honestly believe Leeds have a stronger squad than last season, but there is something missing regarding the teams spirit and fight that existed under Neil Redfearn last season.
That said, the trouble really started at the end of last season with Steve Thompson getting sacked for no reason, the strike of the Italian players which ended with the sacking of Redfearn and the appointment of Uwe Rosler. So after 10 league games we are in the bottom half of the Championship even after buying 9 new players and keeping all our best players from last season.
The new players have cost the club a lot of money but most of them have not stood up to expectation. The biggest signing is Chris Wood for £3m who has yet to set the place alight and the same can be said of Sol Bamba, the captain that have not played as well as his loan spell last season. A lack of width was obvious last season but this was changed when three wingers have been brought in, including Stuart Dallas, Jordan Botaka and the loan player Will Buckley. Dallas and Botaka seems a good signings and hopefully Buckley will too although he suffered a disappointing first game.
The two keepers Ross Turnbull and youngster Charlie Horton like striker Lee Erwin look good signings but have struggled to pick up any game time, Then there is the loan player from Cardiff City, Tom Adeyemi who I think has not stood up to expectation and is not the answer for a defensive midfielder. Making it obvious that only the wingers have began to prove themselves in the early months of the season.
Last and maybe the most important is the new manager Uwe Rosler. He is just beginning this new job and I think he started well. But recently I have not been so impressed with him. I believe maybe he is to strict regarding tactics. One up front needs a top striker that I don´t believe Chris Wood is. I for one think 4-4-2 would be much better for the players at the club and my starting 11 would be:
Silvestri: Byram, Bamba, Cooper, Taylor: Botaka, Cook, Mowatt, Dallas: Wood, Antenucci/Murphy , with Cook as the midfield general.
I also believe Rosler should be more aggressive on his players than saying they learn from the mistakes they make. If that was the case they would have learned so much now that they would never lose a game.
Let´s hope the team start to perform after the international break and set their sights on the top six that I think the fans and owner should expect from the players.
By Þorleifur Ananíasson