Leeds’ lack of ruthlessness in front of goal could cost them this season

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For Leeds, Saturday was a tale of what-ifs and missed opportunities.

Typically, it wasn’t for the first time this season. Against Nottingham Forest they struggled to get over the line, drawing 1-1 as Patrick Bamford failed to score from six chances.

Versus Swansea, Bamford missed four shots as this time Leeds lost. They once again conceded a sloppy goal.

This is starting to become a theme for the Whites, even if we are just six matches into the new campaign. but both of those goals which caused Leeds to drop points came from corners.

It proves that concerns still lie defensively, but one of the main areas they need to improve in is going forward.

For Leeds, the stats prove rather damning and provides evidence of a side that will have to improve and become more ruthless if they want to achieve promotion.

On Saturday, they had 21 attempts on goal but only three of them were on target as try as they might, they couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

At the final whistle, stats based Twitter account, LUFC Data said that Leeds’ expected goals from the game was 1.96. Swansea’s was 0.46.

Considering the hosts didn’t score, this should come as a massive concern to Marcelo Bielsa.

Letting Kemar Roofe go was somewhat of a gamble given his 15 strikes last term but despite Leeds scoring ten goals so far in 2019/20, the joint-third highest of anyone in the division, they need to get better after the international break.

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They have registered the largest number of shots per game in the Championship at this early stage, taking 17.7.

Top of the table, Swansea, have managed 12 goals but in only 12.2 shots per match. 11 goal Bristol City and Preston, meanwhile, have had 11 shots each outing in comparison.

This goes to show that for the number of efforts Leeds have on goal, they must start finding the net on a more regular basis.

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