21-year-old struggles: Three things we learned from Leeds defeat v Burton
By Dominic Toner
Leeds suffered a 2-1 away defeat against Burton on Saturday in the Championship and their play-offs were dealt a massive blow.
The hosts took a two-goal lead through Marvin Sordell and Michael Kightly in the first-half, before Kyle Bartley handed the Whites a lifeline.
The result means they are now three points adrift of the play-off places, with just two games remaining.
Here, Football Insider looks at three talking points from the Leeds loss against Burton.
Phillips should be axed
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Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips should be dropped from the starting line-up after their defeat against Burton. The 21-year-old midfielder has seen his form dip considerably in recent weeks and delivered poor performances in the losses against Wolves and Burton. He was unable to get a foothold in Saturday’s clash and really struggled to string a number of passes together. Phillips has become recognised as a strong box-to-box midfielder, but has lost an edge to his game recently. Garry Monk can turn to either Liam Bridcutt or Eunan O’Kane in their next match against Norwich, with youngster Phillips in need of a rest.
Play-off dream over
Leeds’ play-off hopes are all but over after a shock defeat away at Championship minnows. They are now three points adrift of the top six with just two games remaining and are mathematically still in with a chance. However, the Whites are in poor form and have picked up just four points from a possible 18 in their last six league games. Monk’s side will need to win both games against Norwich and Wigan just to stand a small chance. The play-off dream may be over, though, as sixth-placed Fulham don’t look like dropping points. They beat Huddersfield 4-1 on Saturday and look like the in-form team going into the play-offs, while fifth-placed Sheffield Wednesday are five points above them.
Lack of goal scorers cost Leeds
Leeds have been over reliant on forward Chris Wood this season and that has really cost them in recent weeks. The striker has scored 28 goals across all competitions this campaign, but the club’s next highest goal scorer is Souleymane Doukara with six. Whites defender Kyle Bartley popped up with the goal for the visitors against Burton, highlighting the lack of threatening options in attack. Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Alfonso Pedraza are the type of players that have been great assets to the Leeds side, but have lacked a genuine goal threat.
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