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Leeds: Conor McGilligan urges Skubala to ditch playing out from the back

Leeds: Conor McGilligan urges Skubala to ditch playing out from the back - Leeds United News

Conor McGilligan believes Leeds United must stop trying to play out from the back.

The Lowdown: Change of tactics is necessary

It’s pretty obvious that many changes are needed desperately at Leeds with Michael Skubala very inexperienced and still in the hot seat and tweaks must be made on the pitch as well after a damning loss to Everton.

Leeds would have viewed the game against the Toffees as a game they couldn’t afford to lose given it would have seen Everton leapfrog them, however, they didn’t just lose they almost surrendered the three points.

Skubala’s side failed to test Jordan Pickford once all game and the goal they conceded came from an individual error by Illan Meslier who left this near post completely unattended just inviting Seamus Coleman to have a strike.

The Latest: Playing out from the back has to be cut out

McGilligan has urged Skubala – or however takes over from him – to stop Leeds from passing it out from the back claiming in his YouTube channel that the players aren’t good enough to do so.

He said: (23:50) “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?

“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.”

The Verdict: Leeds need to focus on substance not style

Given Leeds have now slipped into the bottom three, are managerless and seemingly don’t have the beaten of teams around them, they must forget about the way they’re trying to play football and just focus on winning games.

Therefore, the best chance of them winning games is keeping the ball away from their own defensive third as much as possible and therefore, going long and not playing out from the back would seem to be a sensible idea.

While not caring how the football is being played won’t be music to the ears of Leeds fans, needs must at the moment because points aren’t won for style, it’s just about bottle and which teams have enough of it to stay in the division.

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