By David Woods

20th Jan, 2020 | 8:58am

MOT Tactics: It's not just Bamford – 23y/o has to shoulder portion of blame for Leeds slump

This article is part of a regular series from Leeds United stats supremos All Stats Aren’t We – the team also host a brilliant podcast that goes in-depth into the tactics of Marcelo Bielsa and a deeper look at the underlying stats


A couple of things on Saturday.

It’s remarkable how often Leeds cross the ball considering how bad we are at it. Only seven of 39 crosses were met by a Leeds player. Sometimes these are just poor balls, other times we don’t seem to attack decent crosses.

On the flip side of that though, the two highest-value chances (apart from the penalty) according to xG cane from crosses, Harrison and Bamford with backpost headers, both missing the target. So whilst the crossing was generally woeful, it should have paid off there.

Finally, it was the same old story on Saturday. Leeds actually created the highest xG of any team in the Championship, yet scored 0. For reference, Blackburn scored five from 2.03. This problem has gone on for such a long time now.

We know our striker needs to score more, but this is more than an issue for one player. As we pointed out before, 23-year-old Jack Harrison is missing a big chance per game in the last few weeks, ‘own goal’ is the second top scorer for Leeds. The midfield have stopped chipping in with goals.

In the seven-game win streak Bamford was scoring, but when he didn’t goals were coming from elsewhere. Facts are, the goals have dried up all over the pitch again. Can Leeds fix it? We really hope so but when an issue goes on as long as this has, you have to question it.

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