The Chalkboard: Leeds bringing in Lowe could see a formation change

According to a report in the Daily Star over the weekend, Leeds United are interested in signing Portsmouth winger Jamal Lowe, and his potential arrival at Elland Road could lead to a potential tweaked system for the Yorkshire outfit in 2019/20.

Lowe’s 2018/19

The versatile attacker, who played out wide and through the middle for Portsmouth as they missed out on promotion to the Championship following a play-off semi-final defeat to Sunderland, would give Marcelo Bielsa, if he stays, a real conundrum next term.

The forward netted 15 goals in the league this season, and that type of form has clearly attracted interest from Leeds as they look to have another tilt at going up themselves following their own play-off disappointment.

Change in style?

Bielsa primarily uses a 4-1-4-1 formation at Leeds with his wide players operating from deeper than most modern day wingers.

Pablo Hernandez and Jack Harrison have often been Bielsa’s go-to options out wide this season, but that could change with the arrival of Lowe.

Leeds’ struggles in front of goal have been well documented. They are fantastic at creating chances, but their conversion rate hasn’t been there at times. The signing of the Portsmouth man could go a long way towards fixing that, but he would likely play in a more advanced position.

With Mallik Wilks returning from loan, if the Yorkshire club sign Lowe, they will soon have two men on the flanks who have scored 29 goals between them in League One this season.

This could see Bielsa attempt to use a system with more advanced wingers. He could look to operate with a 4-1-2-3 type system where Hernandez moves into the middle – reducing his work-rate – to allow the wide players to push further up the pitch.