Uwe Rosler insisted he would not use the loan market to help Leeds United fight back from a poor month, despite admitting that a “charge of approach” was necessary after the club’s 2-0 defeat to Birmingham City.
A defiant Rosler said he would back his existing squad and ruled out the possibility of “asking for two or three fresh players” as he pondered a third loss in four league games.
United were picked off by Birmingham at Elland Road on Saturday, succumbing to City’s counter-attacking strategy and offering no answer to strikes in each half from Demarai Gray and Jacques Maghoma.
Leeds came through the first month of the Championship term – Rosler’s first as head coach at Elland Road – with an unbeaten record but four points from their last five games left the 46-year-old facing up to his first critical period in the job.
His squad was strengthened last week by the arrival of winger Will Buckley on a 93-day loan from Sunderland but Rosler was pressed on the option of making additional signings before Leeds face Championship leaders Brighton on October 17.
Asked if more creativity in the centre of midfield would help, United’s head coach said: “In the middle of the park it’s the same players who everyone was raving about (after previous matches).
“The answer is not always to look somewhere else. The answer is to believe in your players and believe in your squad; believe in what you have, work with that. That’s what I’m doing.
“I’m not panicking and I’m not asking for two or three fresh players. That would be absolutely the wrong thing.
“We have to come up with answers from inside our dressing room, collectively. We have good players but we have to be mentally stronger at Elland Road.
“The players want to do well. They do everything, I promise you. They train well, they prepare well but for some reason at Elland Road we don’t get the full potential out of our group.
“It’s our job to help them to come through that but also to make some necessary changes and change our approach. I’m not blaming anybody. We need to come up with answers, as simple as that. We’re together in this.”
Leeds have gone seven months without a win at home and Rosler’s squad lie 16th in the table, three points above the bottom three and seven adrift of the play-off positions.
Rosler, who received firm backing from club owner Massimo Cellino last week, insisted he felt no additional strain on the back of a costly run. “The only pressure I have or feel on myself is to win games of football,” said the former Brentford and Wigan Athletic boss. “That is my own high standard I have on myself.”
United are assessing the fitness of right-back Gaetano Berardi after the Swiss defender limped out of Saturday’s game late in the second half.
Leeds have entered the second international break of the season and have two weeks to prepare for their meeting with Brighton.
“I took Berardi off because he signalled to me that he wasn’t 100 per cent,” Rosler said.
“We had Sam (Byram) on the bench and we needed to attack. It was a sensible decision.”