Three things Rosler needs to do at Leeds

11 Jun 2015 09:31 am, by YorkshireSquare

It has become difficult to know quite what will happen next at Leeds, but while things appeared to have settled down at Elland Road, it is the perfect opportunity to look at what new manager Uwe Rosler could achieve at the club. His arrival, coincided with the appointment of highly-regarded Adam Pearson as chief executive, is a big step in the right direction for a club that was put through the mill last season and needed renewed hope to keep the Leeds faithful onside. Rosler had been out of work for six months after being sacked as manager of Wigan in November, but it is his excellent work at Brentford that stands out on his C.V. as an indication that Leeds have made a shrewd appointment. The Whites may not be included amongst the Championship frontrunners with Bookies, but while certain fans may believe Rosler has his work cut out to rebuild the squad, there are a number of things the German can do to put Leeds back on track for a long-awaited return to the Premier League.

Restore belief

Leeds fans are hugely passionate about a football club that is close to their hearts, but the numerous controversies and turmoil created by Massimo Cellino has seriously tested the resolve of people who just want to see the club succeed. It became visibly obvious that the problems off-the-field affected performances on it, and although Neil Redfearn did an honourable job in steering the club away from the relegation zone, losing his assistant Steve Thompson in hugely controversial circumstances was yet another incident that fragmented the relationship between Leeds and its fans. Rosler may have no control over what happens away from the football pitch, but if he can reignite the spark, passion and belief into the team, they will hopefully respond with the level of commitment and effort that Leeds fans expect from every player that puts on the white shirt.

Find consistency

This may be easier said than done in the Championship, but Leeds need to regain an element of consistency if they are to challenge at the higher end of the table next season. The period between late January and early March was undoubtedly the main highlight for Leeds on the pitch; the Whites recorded seven victories from ten league fixtures – a run of results which saw them complete the double over high-flying duo Bournemouth and Middlesbrough. However, Leeds only won eight of the other thirty-six Championship fixtures as consistency often alluded them to undo the good work that was done to secure three points. Stringing unbeaten runs together on a more consistent basis would undoubtedly endear Rosler to the Elland Road faithful, and help Leeds finish further up the table in 2015/2016.

Keep Lewis Cook

Leeds have a proud tradition of bringing top quality players through their youth academy, but the manner in which 17-year-old Lewis Cook burst onto the scene last season has led to suggestions that the midfielder could be the best graduate yet. Cook, alongside Alex Mowatt and Kalvin Phillips, represent a wonderful future for Leeds, but all could be undone if Premier League clubs come calling with an offer that the club could not refused. Cook has already been linked with the best very clubs in England, but although Cellino managed to convince the hugely talented teenager to sign a new contract until 2017, Rosler may still face a battle if the likes of Manchester United or Chelsea come calling again this summer.

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theleedsmango wrote on 15 Jun 2015 12:32 pm

Good article again Shields!

With regards to 'restoring belief', I would suggest most of our recent managers have instilled as much belief in the team as their restrictions allowed. Redfearn, McDermott, Grayson, (not so much Warnock). Our top players at the time always praised the managers attitudes. I firmly believe the background turmoil provided the major contribution for the failures evident during their tenures at the club. Whether it was players being sold, no funds, contract issues, etc, etc, these managers were all more than capable of getting the team working together and getting the fans behind the team.

What I would like to see from Rosler is some dominance. To do that he needs the players from Cellino and he needs the whole club to be pulling in the right direction. Whenever we were winning with McDermott or Redfearn, we always looked as if we were punching above our weight. Again this is mainly due to the players available to them. However, it would be good to see us go on a run with the same level of dominance achieved by Leicester in previous years for example. That level of belief has been missing for years. Not just down to manager, but due to players, coaching, everything. You are correct, if we are going to go up, we need to show that level of dominance, consistently and whilst maintaining our best players.