LEEDS United head coach Uwe Rosler is standing by his decision to use Scott Wootton as a holding midfielder, insisting: “as long as we have three players in midfield then Scott looks very well.”
Wootton has previously been used as a centre-back or right-back but started as the deep lying midfielder for Thursday night’s agonising Capital One Cup defeat at Doncaster Rovers.
Even with Tom Adeyemi likely to return from injury and Luke Murphy back in the fray, United will now need extra options in midfield with Lewis Cook banned for three games and Rosler is confident Wootton has the required attributes to make a regular centre midfielder.
Kalvin Phillips gives Rosler another option in that department but Rosler revealed: “Tom Adeyemi had a knock so I didn’t want to risk him (against Doncaster) and I left him at home. And you have to sometimes be creative to see what certain players can do.
“I think as long as we have three players in midfield then Scott looks good. He looks very well. I think he gave his all (at Doncaster), he stood out for 120 minutes in midfield, his fitness is very good and sometimes you have to try that out.
“Luke Murphy wasn’t ready to start the whole game and I think Kalvin has to learn the game. I wanted to have someone in there controlling and sitting there and also with power because I know Doncaster have a few tall players.
“As long as we have three players in midfield then Scott will do well.
“For Luke Murphy, Thursday was a great fitness exercise. In general it was a great fitness exercise but I didn’t want it in a spell of four games in ten days.
“We could have done with missing that one but we move on.”