Gray identifies crucial Leeds signings to succeed in 'strange' league
By Russell Edge
Leeds United icon Eddie Gray has said that the club must look to replace the stars that left over the summer if they are to compete at the top end of the Championship.
The Whites saw key stars through the spine of the team depart, with goalkeeper Rob Green, centre back Kyle Bartley and striker Chris Wood all leaving Elland Road.
While Thomas Christiansen has tried to replace those names with new signings, they have not hit the heights of their predecessors, although Gray believes the entire team needs looking at rather than the individuals.
Identifying where the Whites need to invest in January, he told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “You have got to look at our side last year and the strength was right down the middle of the park.
“You lost a centre-back last year who did well for us in Bartley, your goalkeeper was first class and your centre-forward scored 30-odd goals.
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“That’s the spine of the team and that’s the way you have got to look at things.
“It’s an all-round thing, it’s not just individual players, it’s working as a unit and as a team.
Leeds are currently on an abysmal run of form which has seen them lose seven of their last 10 league matches, resulting in their plummet from former table toppers to now sitting in 10th, 12 points adrift of league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
However, Gray is confident that the club will get themselves back on track, as he expects other teams to face similar struggles throughout the campaign.
“If we start to perform better and perform like we were performing at the start of the season then we have got an opportunity (for a play-off spot) because it’s a strange league,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I have always said, if you are going to get promotion then you’ve got to do it at home.
“You will pick points up away from home but when you go to places like Brentford and Millwall, all the teams in the league can slip up there.
“You look at Brentford, they are below us in the league but they are unbeaten in nine games. All of these teams away from home are going to be tough.”
Leeds’ next clash sees them play host to former manager Garry Monk, as he takes his Middlesbrough side to Elland Road a week on Sunday, with the Whites knowing that defeat would see them go a month without picking up a single point.
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