Your Leeds United views: Square pegs, round holes formation just not working

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Leeds United’s tactics and formation are dominating debate among the Whites faithful.

yed Mohamed Syed Jaafar, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Leeds United must change formation to suit our current crop of players.

4-2-3-1 may work at Barcelona with top players there, but not at Leeds.

3-5-2 would suit us best because we do not have a striker who can operate alone. We have many good midfielders, and we do not have enough consistent defenders.

I agree that Cardiff and Sheffield United are up there because of their their managers’ ability to exploit ordinary players into winners, which Thomas Christiansen seems to lack.

His insistence on persisting with Jay-Roy Grot is insane.

Abubaker Rawat, via website

I’ve been calling for 4-4-2 for weeks now.

It’s the most effective way to win games in the Championship. It pushes opposition defences back as they have to mark two instead of one. This frees up space in midfield.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga hates playing up top by himself. He had not come on loan to run himself ragged up top chasing the ball played across the defence. He likes to be pampered. Give him the ball and he will score. He is not lazy at all, actually runs a lot but he doesn’t like it.

Caleb Ekuban has to partner Lasogga up top. Kemar Roofe is too lightweight as is Gjanni Alioski.

Let’s take away all the frothy players with weak mentality and technically not great.

Kalvin Phillips just can not control a midfield. He just pops up whenever he likes. Replace with Mateusz Klich who can control a game.

Liam Cooper is just not calm and composed, just not someone that instills confidence. Also he doesn’t know how to build up play from back. Replace with Conor Shaughnessy, who looks assured and is a better footballer with his feet. Luke Ayling is not very good attacking wise and prone to lose his head. Replace with Gaetano Berardi, who is a solid player.

Andy Lonergan? How can a 34-year-old journeyman steer a team to promotion? Come on. Felix Wiedwald is underrated but very assured. My team would be full of footballers who know how to control the game and the tempo: Wiedwald, Berardi, Shaughnessy, Jansson, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Hernandez, Sacko, Vieira, Klich, Saiz, Lasogga, Ekuban.

That team is more than good enough.

Benjamin Braddock, via website

If one is being honest then I think it is fair to say that all teams are beatable (John Hendrie interview, YEP Nov 15), just ask the Italians, Derby etc.

But Sunday will be (former head coach Garry) Monk’s turn to suffer defeat and how very sweet will that taste.

Ben Richard, via website

The Plymouth players were also told before the away game at Valley Parade that Bradford were beatable and they ended up returning with all three points, yet it doesn’t mean that Plymouth’s season will now develop into a fight for a promotion place.

And, how many more seasons does Radz (Leeds United owner, Andrea Radrizzani) intend LUFC to spend in the Championship getting them ready for a serious attempt at challenging for promotion?

Harry Bendon, via website

Mr Hendrie, just like to point out that we are not winning ugly nor are we winning in flamboyant style. We are not winning at all!

Leeds United goalkeeper, Felix Wiedwald.

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