By Russell Edge
Former Leeds United winger John Hendrie says that Thomas Christiansen should look at implementing a 3-5-2 formation at the club if he wants to get the best out of striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
The Whites have endured an abysmal run of form in recent weeks, having tasted defeat in seven of their last nine league games, which has put a severe dent in their hopes for promotion.
The results have seen the side slip from table toppers to currently sitting in 10th, and they find themselves 12 points adrift of league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers and three points off Aston Villa in sixth, the last of the play off spots.
The club’s poor run has coincided with a lack of goals from forward Lasogga, on loan from Hamburg SV, who has faltered of late having netted just two goals in the last six league matches, after a bright start which saw him score three in four outings.
Hendrie says that Christiansen needs to dispense with his 4-2-3-1 and follow in the footsteps of Championship rivals Sheffield United and Cardiff City to ensure the 25-year-old flourishes.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Sheffield United played three at the back and Lasogga was up front on his own against three big, tough, no-nonsense centre-backs.
“United had two up front against Leeds’ two centre-backs. Two-v-two is a lot easier than three-v-one.
“With the two strikers you are getting your rewards. It’s a lot easier having two strikers than it is for one striker.”
“Sheffield United played 3-5-2 and Neil Warnock is playing 3-5-2 at Cardiff City with two wing backs – I don’t think it’s any coincidence how the two of them are up at the top of the league.”
Leeds will be hoping to return to winning ways when they play host to Middlesbrough on Sunday, which will see them welcome former manager Garry Monk back to Elland Road after he left the Whites over the summer.
In other Leeds United news, Neil Redfearn has pointed the finger at who is responsible for the failure of the club’s summer signings.