Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has spoken out about his desire to play attacking football at Elland Road – but he will need to swallow his pride and get ready to play dirty if he wants to taste success.
The Whites have endured what can only be described as a rollercoaster of a season, with peaks seeing them win six of their opening nine fixtures to top the Championship table, and troughs resulting in a streaks such as six defeats in seven games to topple out of the top six.
They currently find themselves at the bottom of one of these troughs, having failed to win a game in any competition since seeing off Burton Albion on Boxing Day, and it has left them sitting 11th, already eight points off their pre-season target of a play off spot.
Their latest run of poor form saw Thomas Christiansen lose his job to be replaced by former Barnsley boss Heckingbottom, who was unable to stop the rut after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United in his first game in charge.
However, the new manager has shockingly admitted that he predicts the loss to the Blades to be one of a number of defeats while he is at the helm, acknowledging that his desire to play aggressive and attacking football will see his side suffer on occasion.
However, while implementing a positive approach to football is admirable, that is not what Leeds need right now to guarantee their short term success.
Quite simply, all the Whites need to do is end this awful run of form and breed some confidence with a much needed three points.
If that comes as a result of a nitty gritty 1-0 win as they scrape past their opposition, so be it.
Heckingbottom needs to focus on winning first, no matter how it comes about, and then he can focus on stamping his ethos on the club – even if that is a tough pill to swallow.
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