Leeds United: Mowatt, Cook or Murphy must start to reignite midfield - Whelan

Gaetano Berardi ion action against Sheffield Wednesday.
Gaetano Berardi ion action against Sheffield Wednesday.
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I’M looking on the positive side after Saturday’s draw against Sheffield Wednesday.


It’s four games unbeaten – but I do think that we have dropped points along the way which could have made things a little bit rosier looking at the league table.

Obviously, Wednesday night’s draw at Bristol City is the main one and for me that’s a massive two points dropped – to be in such a commanding position after 88 minutes and then to let the lead slip. We had done so well to get a two-goal lead.

When you get yourself into those positions – 2-0 up away from home on 88 minutes – you’ve got to have the strength of character and mental strength to see these games out.

If you are going to be up there at the end of the season, these are the sort of games and positions where you need to just be playing horrible football.

It doesn’t matter what it takes – just get the three points and get yourselves back down the M1.

As far as Saturday goes, once again there were positives I saw from the game from some of the passages of play.

I think we were a little bit too direct at times – a bit too obvious. But once we played four, five or six passes and built our way up into the final third, we created more chances.

But we can’t start a game on 45 minutes.

In the first half we weren’t at the races. We looked tired and quite sloppy within our passing as with basic two-yard passes we gave away possession very easily.

Then the second half was completely different. We came out of the blocks nice and sharp, we created a chance in the first 45 seconds and that set the stall out for the whole 45.

But we can’t do it for one half, we’ve got to do it for two.

If we’d have done it for two halves we could have been looking at a win because I don’t think Sheffield Wednesday were all that – Marco Silvestri had nothing to do.

You can’t do anything about the goal they scored.

It was just a moment of brilliance and I don’t think any ‘keeper would have saved that, no matter who was in goal.

It’s one of those where nine times out of ten it will go in the stands but on this one occasion it’s hit the crossbar and bounced in.

But that’s the only shot I can remember Sheffield Wednesday having. I don’t remember them making too many chances.

I think our back four looks solid and Charlie Taylor and Gaetano Berardi were once again very solid at the back.

They put in great performances and Taylor and Giuseppe Berardi are just consistently good at the moment, getting better and better.

Liam Cooper seems to thrive playing next to Sol Bamba.

That looks to be the next partnership – a left footer and a right footer and they work well together. Two up front is working – Mirco Antenucci looks to be thriving under Rosler – and the midfield is probably just the one area to look at as I’m not sure whether you can play Kalvin Phillips and Tom Adeyemi together.

I think they are two defence-minded players and I think we need another midfield player, whether that’s Alex Mowatt or Lewis Cook, who is going to be the creative side.

Or even Luke Murphy. I thought he looked very sharp when he came on and he’s getting his fitness back now.

There’s now talk of Fernando Forestieri and/or Anthony Limbombe coming in and I always think your fire-power is very important.

We’ve got three main strikers there now but I do think if we added someone of Forestieri’s quality it can only be great for the football club.

And we do need another winger in case someone gets injured such as Stuart Dallas or Sam Byram, who has been quite quiet at the moment.

Maybe we just need a little injection or a fresh face just to give the lads a spark again and to add strength in depth which is a good thing that we have got at the moment. You look at the bench and the people coming on are quality players.