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Leeds United Viewpoint: Ekuban and Lasogga could be the perfect combination up front

Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
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AS usual you have been getting in touch with us via post, email and our website and Facebook pages with your views on Leeds United.

We bring you a selection of those views below. Feel free to add your own thoughts on any of the topics raised in the comments section below.

Caleb Ekuban.

Caleb Ekuban.

I’d certainly like to try out the pairing of Caleb Ekuban and Pierre-Michel Lasogga up front.

It would give us a new dimension in attack, give opposing defences a headache and take pressure off the lone striker.

Opposition coaches are planning ahead of playing us as they know we will always play the lone striker formation and this allows them to have a free defender.

Take the Villa game on Friday. If we had two strikers we could take advantage of the absence of John Terry and exploit the lack of pace of players like Christopher Samba.

Leeds should be beating the likes of Barnsley if they have any hope of matching last season’s finish. The real tests come against other play-off contenders.

Leeds fan, Damian Thompson

At the moment we are relying heavily upon our midfield players for getting the goals and when they are in the opposition area or on the flanks we are leaving wide gaps in midfield which are being noted by other coaches and taken advantage of when a move breaks down.

But I can’t see any changes being made, as the old saying in football is that you don’t change a winning team and Thomas Christiansen is even more confident now that his formula and methods work.

Where we may come unstuck, again, is if Samuel Saiz picks up an injury and Gjanni Alioski goes off the boil or vice-versa.

Then the pressure will be on to find a plan B.

It will be interesting if Lasogga is passed fit to play against Villa on Friday after his bout of ‘sickness’ and gives Christiansen the awkward choice of sticking with Ekuban or recall Lasogga.

I would play both and give the Aston Villa defence a really hard test, but doubt it’ll happen.

Jeffrey Connolly, via website

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Barnsley was a good win, but we shouldn’t get too carried away. Barnsley were pretty poor and that really helped. Caleb Ekuban put in a good performance up front, which was big bonus for him and us and should certainly keep Pierre-Michel Lasogga out of team. He worked really hard and showed a lot more physical presence than Lasogga has been able to do of late.

But I did think the amount of times we broke with “acres” of space and did not punish Barnsley as much as we should have done was very significant. I also thought we needlessly gave the ball away at times, when not under pressure.

That has got to improve if we can say that we are playing our best, but there were good signs. Man of the match for me was Luke Ayling. He worked hard and set a good example. I hope this ray of light continues and players take confidence from it and go forward with it.

Andy Brown, via website

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Back to our best? Certainly, we were too good for Barnsley and three points at Oakwell is something we haven’t enjoyed too much in recent years.

But to put the win into perspective, Barnsley are a bottom-half team and success for them this season would be to avoid a relegation fight and finish maybe mid-table at best.

Leeds should be beating the likes of Barnsley if they have any hope of matching last season’s finish. The real tests come against other play-off contenders. The Boro result was massive, because they will be in the top six come the end of the season, but the Wolves loss demonstrated the gulf in playing resources and investment into the two teams – the scoreline reflected how far in front of us they are.

Friday’s fixture against Villa will be the biggest indication so far this season, if we are going to be able to compete with the play-off movers and shakers. At home, in front of another big crowd, we should see it as an opportunity to send out a message to the rest of the division – and if we do I will agree with Thomas Christiansen that we are back to our best. However, if we end up on the end of a Wolves or Sheff Utd scoreline, then I think that will also put our hopes for the season into perspective – a side that will pick up some good wins but ultimately have a soft spine and will most likely finish mid-table, a good way short of the play-offs.

Damian Thompson, via website