GOALSCORING certainly doesn’t look a problem for Thomas Christiansen’s Leeds United side. They have started really well.
But Christiansen would have been disappointed that they shipped two goals at Bolton I think.
Bolton were very, very physical and Leeds lost out in that aerial battle a couple of times.
But for the most of it I thought Leeds handled it all quite well as all Bolton did was bang balls up to Gary Madine who is very, very strong and obviously he got the goal which was a little bit disappointing.
I’m not sure that the keeper – Felix Wiedwald – looked comfortable with crosses into the box. It didn’t look like he wanted to come for them very much did he?
But Leeds look as though they have started really well.
They look fluid and they look as though they have got into the groove of what Christiansen wants them to do and how to play which is always a good sign.
When a new manager comes in it sometimes take a while for everybody to get into the way of the new manager – how he wants to play football, how he wants to train, how he wants his players to react and how he wants them to be in between games. It’s a full package.
From that side of things it looks really good.
Leeds look as though they can outscore teams and we did that quite a lot at Oldham.
That was the way we played under Joe Royle – we knew that we were free-scoring and we knew that we would score against anybody.
There were a lot of games similar to Leeds’ first one under Christiansen – 3-2s and 4-3s and what have you.
We just knew and trusted ourselves to score goals.
But I think sometimes for a manager that is a little bit of a heart attack waiting to happen.
But certainly at the moment Leeds have started well.
They have got another tough game today at home to Preston at Elland Road and that comes against another new manager in Alex Neil – two new managers against each other.
But Leeds’ players will feel confident and it was nice for Samuel Saiz to get a hat-trick on his debut in the 4-1 win against Port Vale in the Carabao Cup.
You don’t get many of them and it’s a fantastic way to start.
I’ve got to say, I scored on my home debut for Leeds and it’s a great way to endear yourself to the fans.
I only got one but he got three which is fantastic!
It’s Saiz or Pablo Hernandez to start at no 10 and Saiz has certainly put a massive marker down now.
But Hernandez is a very, very clever player and I thought he played well at Bolton as well. Okay, he didn’t score the goals but he helped other players and had quite a bit of discipline.
Hernandez has had to work at that and now he has got a bit of a bigger role to play.
He’s a playmaker and someone that wants to push balls into people but he also has that little bit of restraint about him.
From what I saw of Saiz, it looked like it was a case of ‘tonight, you go and do what you want’ and he certainly did that.
It’s going to be a headache for Christiansen but he will very happy about that and it’s one of those situations where you have to think long and hard about it.
But I feel he might go back with Hernandez just for one or two more league games, just to have that little bit more experience of this level and the English leagues.
In terms of what I’d like to see Leeds bring in, I think he probably still needs another centre-back and we talked about that last season as well.
A centre-back would be a priority but you can always do with another goalscorer.
As much as Chris Wood did the business last season and has already started well again, you always want another goalscorer in your squad too.