Change needed at Leeds as journalist fumes at style Whites are ‘not good enough’ to play

Michael Skubala, Leeds United, February 2023

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A journalist who covers Leeds United has been left fuming at the current style that the Whites are trying, admitting they are “not good enough” to play out from the back.

Panic will be starting to set in at Elland Road. They’re currently being managed by academy coach Michael Skubala as they search for a new full-time boss.

That’s because the previous incumbent, Jesse Marsch, was sacked in February, in order to give Leeds a fighting chance of staying up. The logic in that seems obvious: give the new manager enough time to turn things around.

The same happened when Marsch was appointed in February of last year, taking over from Marcelo Bielsa. Both times a manager has been dismissed at Elland Road of late has been because of the threat of relegation.

The Whites have gained just one point since Marsch was sacked after a loss to Nottingham Forest. That point was in the first game following his dismissal, in a positive showing against Manchester United.

Since then, they’ve lost to United and fellow relegation battlers Everton, and been plunged into the drop zone – now in 19th, two points from safety.

The hunt for a new permanent manager is ongoing. It’s not clear when that appointment will happen and if it’ll be a new man at all, with despite registering one point in three games.

If it is the caretaker who resumes in the role, some might not be too happy. Indeed, a journalist has been unhappy at the current style of play under Skubala.

“Can someone tell me why we play out from the back, what advantage do we get from playing out from the back when every single time we play out from the back we lose the ball and give the ball away?” he said on One Leeds Fan Channel.

“We’re simply not good enough to play the ball out from the back, so why do we play the ball out from the back, what’s the point and what advantage are we getting from it?

“What advantage are we getting from the ball going to Luke Ayling, trying to play it forward and then it getting intercepted? What’s the plan when it gets to Wober who passes it into midfield and the opposition intercepts it.”

Playing what could be perceived as attractive football isn’t really what’s required at Leeds at the moment. They need to find a way to win games of football at all costs.

If not, they’ll be playing Championship football next season, and the last time they dropped out of the top flight it took them 16 years to return.

Change needed at Leeds as journalist fumes at style Whites are ‘not good enough’ to play

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