By Dave Woods

5th Nov, 2019 | 5:00pm

MOT Tactics: Leeds 'continue to set standard' in Championship but challenges ahead

Leeds are struggling to score goals this season – 19 in 15 games is a full nine fewer than either West Brom or Preston, who are currently 1st and 2nd in the league. 

However, Leeds are creating chances and should have scored a lot more – as many as 28 according to the club’s xG on WyScout.

Stats at the back are astonishing though.

Leeds have only conceded eight goals in 15 games, nine fewer than West Brom and eight fewer than Preston.

Only two clubs across the four leagues in England – Leicester and Sheffield United – have conceded the same number this season and they’ve played four games less.

The only other team to concede single digits is Liverpool.

That’s Championship-winning form at the back. Brighton loanee Ben White has played a massive part in that alongside Liam Cooper who has been consistently solid and reliable all season.

There’s more good news. We’re only a few finishes away from scintillating form up top, too.

Ben Mayhew, Head of Data Analysis at PA, has updated scatter graphs from the Championship on his Twitter account that show Leeds in all the right sectors.

Mahew says Leeds “continue to set the standard despite some ropey finishing” while adding that only “defensive heroics are keeping Swansea and Forest competitive”.

Leeds are out on their own for “Busy attack, quiet defence” and goals conceded per shots faced.

In fact, Leeds are the best side in all four graphs and are only a few converted chances away from being almost perfect.

However, there could be challenges ahead.

Eddie Nketiah has reportedly been ruled out of action for at least the next three games, which means Leeds will be reliant on Patrick Bamford for goals – and he hasn’t scored since August.

In addition, Kiko Casilla has been charged with using racist language and will be banned for at least six games if found guilty.

That could hit Leeds hard on both sides.

In other news, Casilla case unlikely to be over anytime soon after FA charge