Big changes needed - Leeds journalist details where Christiansen went wrong in defeats
By Russell Edge
The stubbornness of Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has resulted in the club’s recent away defeats, according to a report.
Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post has claimed in a column on the newspaper’s website that the Danish manager has been too stuck in his ways over the formation he chooses to implement, and that it is hurting the side.
Leeds started the season successfully with a 4-2-3-1 formation but despite having seen his game plan come unstuck against Millwall, Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday, Hay says the manager is refusing to make the necessary changes to counter the opposition’s strengths.
He also states that Christiansen has to have a plan B with his squad, instead of continually playing in the same fashion despite making changes to the starting XI or from the bench.
Hay wrote in the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The structure of his midfield has been exposed away from home and Christiansen stuck to his guns in circumstances where Leeds were treading water.
“(He) swapped wingers for wingers again at Hillsborough on Sunday, introducing fresh legs but failing to significantly alter the structure of his team.
“When the wheels came off, there was no tactical remedy and no thought of matching up to Wednesday’s 4-4-2.”
Having led the Championship last weekend, the Whites now find themselves fifth after defeats to the Bluebirds and the Owls, four points off the table toppers and just a point from dropping out of the play off spots.
They will go into the international break hoping that they can return to winning ways when they play host to 20th placed Reading on the 14th October.
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