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Lee Bowyer claims Leeds are vulnerable in defence

Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer has praised Championship rivals Leeds United as he prepares his team to face them, but insists they are defensively vulnerable.

Leeds currently sit top of the Championship table after eight league games and are looking for promotion during Marcelo Bielsa’s second season in charge at Elland Road.

They have netted 13 league goals so far and would have a lot more if they had converted their chances better.

Meanwhile, their defence has leaked just four goals so far and the team have dominated possession against opponents.

The Yorkshire giants did slip to a 1-1 draw against Derby County though at the weekend despite being in control for most of the contest, as they switched off right at the end.

Charlton, who were promoted from League One last season, currently sit eighth in the Championship and are just outside the play-off positions.

Bowyer, who manages Charlton and is an ex-Leeds player, believes that his team can exploit the defence of their weekend’s opponents.


“From what I have seen live and on the telly, Leeds are the team to beat. If you finish above them then you’re getting promoted – I think it’s that simple,” Bowyer said, as quoted by South London Press.

“They have weaknesses. They just bomb so many people forward. As good as they are going forward they are going to be vulnerable at the back as well. But you’ve got to get the ball first!”

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TBR’s View:

Leeds’ defensive record so far this campaign speaks for itself and Bielsa has his group of players extremely well organised.

With Liam Cooper and Ben White as the centre-back combination, the backline looks extremely assured and it usually leaves goalkeeper Kiko Casilla with very little work to do.

The contest against an exciting Charlton team could give them defensive issues, but they have the personnel to pass the test and the real vulnerability right now seems to be in taking their chances in front of goal.

There is no need to change the players in defence, but going forward it may be time for the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa to get a chance.

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