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Leeds United have struggled for goals recently.
There are no two ways about it, the Whites have scored more than once in just one of their previous eight league games, and their rock-solid defence has really carried them through this period.
This weekend they may have to find the net a couple of times to overcome Blackburn Rovers, as the Lancashire outfit are turning into quite a prolific attacking force.
Indeed the Rovers have scored eight goals in their previous five league outings, and with Tony Mowbray’s side netting four in their last two against two real top six contenders in Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End, Leeds may need to score two or three times to get a result against the Ewood Park outfit.
This means that United may have to try something a little bit different, and fortunately, they’ve been preparing for this eventuality.
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If Leeds are looking for goals they should implement something they’ve apparently been working on in training in recent weeks.
Last month Adam Pope reported that Leeds are working on ways to improve their chances of scoring from corners. However, on the pitch, nothing has changed.
United haven’t scored from a corner since those comments, and they’ve not really tried any new routines, but this weekend could be the chance to unleash those new techniques and in doing so, they may unearth a new secret weapon.
The reason it may be time for Leeds to try something different from their set-pieces this weekend is because it’s going to be tough to score the traditional way from a corner against Blackburn.
Mowbray’s men have conceded just three times from set-pieces this season, and with the 6 foot 5 Tosin Adarabioyo coming back from injury last month teams have found it even harder to do anything from a corner.
Therefore, Leeds shouldn’t just ignore corners as a route to goal by crossing in balls for goliaths such as Sam Gallagher and Adarabioyo to just comfortably nod them clear.
If there was ever a time for Marcelo Bielsa to try out his new corner tactics it’s this weekend.