There’s no two ways about it, Leeds haven’t been playing like a play-off winning side in recent games. With 3 losses and 1 draw from the last 4 results, certain players need to up their act to try and salvage the season. Missed chances, wayward passes and downright farcical defending have all cost Leeds significantly since Christmas.
Kiko, being new, has been shaded away from a lot of criticism since he arrived in January but there are far too many nervy moments in his game that good teams and strikers will capitalise on. Whilst the goal was a comedy of errors yes, instances like that early yellow card were far from necessary. The defence has been cut some slack in recent months due to the far more glaring errors up top, but it’s Kiko’s job to keep them organised and the goals have been far too easy for other teams.
I’m unsure whether Harrison will start if Roberts returns to full fitness ahead of Saturday evening’s kick off. But the system that Leeds play requires a lot more activity in his position. Crossing the ball simply hasn’t offered anything in the way of a threat and attacks have become slowed as they push out wide. Harrison has shown he is capable of attacking inwards or crossing late into the box but he seems to have forgotten how to do this recently.
Kemar is just coming back from injury but his form when he has been included has been patchy. The penalty miss on Sunday summarised this, which is a shame because he has made untold progress this season in the number 9 position. This begs the question over whether he has actually made a full recovery or is just coming back so Leeds have the option towards the end of the season. His movement and finishing needs to return to its pre-Christmas levels.
Evidently here, there is a consistent theme. Leeds need to find their rhythm again. Everything is reset now, Leeds don’t have any handicap for finishing third. This next month is vital.