Danny Mills has been left raving over a “little change” of tactics from Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa which has had a big impact on winger Helder Costa.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that the Argentine has freed the Portuguese attacker of his defensive duties by switching formation slightly.
The 25-year-old wide man has started the last eight Championship games for the Whites, including playing 81 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.
Mills says that slight switch in formation from Bielsa in recent weeks has had a notable impact on Costa’s performances and suggests that it was what was needed to get the best out of the wide man.
Mills told Football Insider: “It was a bit more of a 3-4-3 formation, tweaked a little bit. More or less with wing backs and of course that just allows Costa to play a little bit higher up the pitch and to use that pace and ability go forward – not just having to defend as a wing-back.
“Sometimes it’s those little changes, those small, little, tactical changes that can often help a player out, release you of your defensive duties and allows you freedom going forward.”
Leeds’ 2-1 win over Blackburn leaves the Whites sitting third after Saturday’s Championship fixtures, Bielsa’s men level on points with second-placed Preston North End and two adrift of West Brom heading into the international break.
They will return from the two-week gap with two away trips in four days, first visiting Luton Town on the Saturday before heading to Reading for a Tuesday night game.
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