After a brilliant start to the season, Leeds have lost their last two away games in the league in a poor fashion. The Millwall game was a massive shock to the system and although Thomas Christiansen claimed Millwall played exactly as expected, it really didn’t seem like it on the pitch. Burnley was a completely different game, they wanted to play football and that allowed ourselves to reciprocate.
As the team news was announced for the Cardiff game, it was clear to see the effect that the Millwall game had on Christiansen’s thoughts. Our two best players so far this season, Eunan O’Kane and Samu Sáiz were missing. Although O’Kane was apparently ill (really?), it was a massive loss all the same. You can see what Christiansen was thinking, we got battered against Millwall so to stop a repeat of that, bring in the British core of Roofe and Dallas. Well, that backfired. The most mind-boggling part of it all for me was Lasogga not starting. Imagine rushing back your striker from his newborn child to sit on the bench and watch that load of rubbish.
You know what you’re going to get from a Neil Warnock team and starting Kemar Roofe as a lone-striker is no way to combat that. Lasogga would have given Cardiff’s defence a lot more to think about and would have provided a target in the box. I don’t want to come across as negative after such a good start, but teams will soon learn how to play against Leeds if we don’t sort it out quickly.
In a way, there’s no better game to bounce back with than Sheffield Wednesday. They’ve had a slow start to the season, losing to big rivals Sheffield United last weekend. Luckily for us, Wednesday won’t play the same way as Millwall and Cardiff. We need to stop messing around, play our best XI and wipe the floor with them. It’s worth remembering that Matthew Pennington will start alongside Pontus Jansson on Sunday. Although Cooper has played at a high level until last night, I believe Pennington and Jansson will be our long-term partnership at the back this season.
If Leeds lose on Sunday, we go into the international break in meltdown, this is Leeds after all. If we win however, then the Champions League is back in our sights. Let us know what you think Christiansen should do on Sunday to get Leeds back on track in the comments.