It’s safe to say that 4-2-3-1 has gone past its sell-by date at Leeds. Lasogga goes from looking like a BTEC version of Mark Viduka to Enoch Showumni but the results on the whole stay the same, Leeds lose. To be fair to Christiansen, he hasn’t had many other strikers to choose from. Caleb Ekuban picked up an injury that has kept him out since the Sunderland win. Jay-Roy Grot looks like he needs to go out on loan to learn to use some of his massive frame.
One thing that can’t be defended is the lack of using Roofe up the middle, he’s clearly not a winger and performs much better when playing as a striker or just behind. When he and Hernandez came on against Brentford the performance was so much better, only to be ruined again when he pushed Roofe out wide for Grot. Now that Ekuban is back, we have options and an international break to work on a new formation.
We may be surprised, Lasogga may excel with a partner next to him, whether that be Roofe or Ekuban. It seems going back to basics may help Leeds given everything they do seems to go wrong at the minute, so a 4-4-2 may work. Although with the way our defence is playing, they might need to play three at the back. The argument for 4-4-2 is that everyone knows their role, we could get Dallas back in the side with Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips in the middle and just try to grind out a win or two. Whereas with 3-5-2 we could let Ayling play as the right centre-back like he did at Bristol City, play Dallas at RWB and Alioski at LWB like he does for his country.
If Leeds come out against Boro and play the exact same formation and style and we lose, that may well be the last we see of Christiansen. We came out flat after the last international break, we need that to change this time. Let us know what you think, should Leeds change formation?