Leeds latest news: Joe Wainman verdict emerges on defensive problems at Elland Road


Joe Wainman isn't concerned despite Leeds' poor defensive start to the Premier League season.

How have Leeds performed defensively?

Marcelo Bielsa has turned Leeds into a dangerous animal in their short time in the top-flight. But whilst the Yorkshire giants remain one of the fittest and fastest teams on the counter-attack, they haven't yet managed to crack it defensively.

Leeds shipped 54 goals last season, which was the most in the top-half, and more than the likes of Brighton and even Fulham, who were relegated.

They conceded four or more goals on five occasions and were even hit for six at rivals Manchester United before Christmas.



Despite their defensive frailties, Bielsa made just one defensive addition in Junior Firpo, although even his arrival hasn't managed to help them tighten up.

In their opening five matches, they've already let in 12 goals, although the fixture list hasn't been kind to them, with games against Manchester United and Liverpool and even the visit of highflying Everton.

Wainman, though, isn't worried by those numbers and expects the side to eventually fix their form.

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What did Wainman say?


What's been going wrong?

Their 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Friday means they're still winless and waiting for their first clean sheet, but their recent problems haven't been helped by various absentees.

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Pascal Struijk still has two matches of his suspension left before he returns, whilst Diego Llorente suffered an injury earlier in the Liverpool game, which forced Luke Ayling to move alongside Liam Cooper against Newcastle, although their crisis continued when he hobbled off late on at St James' Park.

Should neither Llorente nor Ayling be fit enough for the visit of West Ham on Saturday, Bielsa might have to use Jamie Shackleton in the back four, so it promises to be an anxious wait for the Leeds boss, especially with a Carabao Cup tie at Fulham on the horizon.

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