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Could Pontus Jansson free role help Leeds defensively from set-pieces?

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Could Pontus Jansson free role help Leeds defensively from set-pieces?

Leeds United have made an impressive start to life under manager Marcelo Bielsa and they look firmly in the hunt for promotion.

The Whites are second in the Championship table after the opening 15 league games and a long-awaited return to the Premier League is being dreamed about by supporters.

But there are a few weaknesses that the manager still has to address if they are to go all the way this campaign.

The Yorkshire giants have struggled particularly defensively from set-pieces, with six of the 12 league goals they have conceded this season coming from dead-ball situations.

Leeds centre-forward Kemar Roofe has raised the issue ahead of the upcoming fixture with Wigan and claims his side are working on it in training.


“We have been conceding a bit too many from set pieces,” Roofe told the Yorkshire Post.

“It seems like a recurring thing so it is something we need to work on. That is what we are doing this week. We are going to work on our weaknesses. Hopefully, we can do that and then show that (improvement) against Wigan.”

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The last three goals Leeds have conceded have come from set-pieces and it’s surely time for a change of action from the manager.

One thing he could consider is giving Sweden international Pontus Jansson a free role in the box to clear away the ball, something that several teams in England have enjoyed success with before.

The 27-year-old centre-back is a dominant force in the air and giving him the role of attacking the ball could potentially be a good solution for Leeds to improve their set-piece struggles.

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