Leeds United: 4-4-2 would suit Whites – Ritchie

Garry Monk talks to Alex Mowatt.
Garry Monk talks to Alex Mowatt.
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THE current formation of 4-2-3-1 is very much in vogue with a lot of teams at the minute, with many sides including Leeds United starting with it in the early part of the season.

But for me, I have to say that I much prefer to go 4-4-2, although it is not the ‘done thing’ today for many.

But look at Leicester City, they finished the Charity Shield at Wembley playing 4-4-2. For me, it is sometimes about bucking the trend and seeing what happens. If you have the personnel to play like that, why not?

In Leeds’ case, I thought that Marcus Antonsson, when he came on at QPR to support Chris Wood up front, looked to have a bit about him, although he missed a good chance – but he obviously went onto score a good goal at Fleetwood.

His runs looked pretty intelligent and he was trying to get in behind, which is not Wood’s forte.

I know some fans believe that Wood isn’t suited to being a lone frontman and personally I am not sure if that role does suit him either.

For me, you can’t play a lone frontman who hasn’t got any real pace. You can’t just hold balls up all of the time; you have got to be able to run and turn behind as well and mix it up.

Garry Monk will find the right route, I am sure. And the last thing that Leeds should do in the early part of the season is panic.

I know Alex Mowatt also came on at Fleetwood and did well and I do think he has something to really contribute as a player.

He burst onto a scene a couple of seasons ago and I do think he has got a hell of a lot of talent. I just think that it is one of those things with young players that they have a little bit of a lull sometimes and as a manager, you have to nurture them through a little bit.

I actually thought there could have been a little bit of interest in him this summer, apart from just Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor.

For me, he has a good future and temperament and I think with a bit of nurturing, Leeds have got a real player.

Looking at Leeds, it is early days after just two games isn’t it and you simply cannot judge a team after only a couple of matches.

Yes, the fans will obviously have been disappointed at QPR in the league opener. Once again, they had a great away support as always and never stopped chanting.

Sunday wasn’t fluid and it is never good losing your opening game 3-0 either. The first goal was a bit of a mess and the defence should have cleared it. But looking at it, they were playing a side who are quite fancied and it is never easy there at a small ground where QPR can get around you at home.

Leeds then got through in the cup at Fleetwood after extra-time and penalties on Wednesday.

Yes, maybe it was not as convincing as fans would have liked, but they are in the next round when a lot of Championship sides got knocked out.

It was Fleetwood’s cup final and a bit like the Luton game with Aston Villa and don’t forget, these lower division teams want to get as many games under their belts as they can for extra revenue.

But Leeds also need a good two or three games in the cup, maybe more. It will get momentum.

They didn’t really play until the second half at Fleetwood and then they conceded another goal in extra-time after getting a real foothold, but they got through, that was the important thing.

There’s definitely things for Garry to work on, as there are for all managers at this part of the season.

Some people talk about Leeds maybe lacking leaders in the side, but they still have a few, for me.

Maybe not the likes of Kemar Roofe who has only just signed, but there’s some experience out there such as Toumani Diagouraga, who should be more of a leader and then there’s Sol Bamba as well, although I thought he was getting a little bit too involved with the referee at QPR definitely.

Let’s just hope Leeds can get a good win this weekend to settle everybody’s nerves down a little bit.

Birmingham City isn’t the easiest game and they did well away from home last year mind. But fingers crossed.

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