By Liam Thomas

4th Nov, 2022 | 6:10am

Michael Bridges delivers verdict on where Leeds United have gone wrong this season

Michael Bridges believes that defensive frailties and misfiring opportunities in front of the goal have cost Leeds United this season.

The Whites seemed to turn their fortunes around on Saturday evening after a heroic win against Liverpool at Anfield.

Ex-Leeds attacker Bridges lauded Jesse Marsch’s “magnificent” mannerisms after the win but conceded that mistakes at the back and missed opportunities up top have cost them this campaign.

“I thought the man’s mannerisms were absolutely magnificent, the way he conducted himself,” said Bridges speaking to The GegenPod Football Podcast.

“You can see in the likes of the Chelsea game where they smashed Chelsea 3-0, the second half against Arsenal, it’s been missed opportunities and defensive mistakes that have cost them.

“The actual pressing and the game plan has been magnificent and it was just nice to see it come together.”

Poacher.

Bridges is completely right on this one, it’s been pretty clear to see where the Whites have gone wrong this campaign.

Counterattacks from opposite teams have highlighted Marsch’s weak defence but the club’s lack of a goalscoring forward is the main cause for concern.

This issue can be easily addressed, the club must make a move for an out-and-out poacher when the January transfer window opens.

Patrick Bamford can’t carry the weight of scoring goals week in, and week out for the Whites and may be better utilised off the bench moving forward.

Whether Marsch is still in charge or not come to the next transfer window remains to be seen, but Leeds United must get their January dealings right.

Leeds fans have known for 18 months that the club need a forward who can deliver for them on the regular and it’s time for Victor Orta to step up and deliver this.

In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta have started scanning the market for potential upgrades on Jesse Marsch at Elland Road