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Leeds United: Conor McGilligan slams Whites defence as major concern

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Leeds United’s defensive issues are a major concern ahead of the second period of the Premier League campaign following their form in recent weeks. 

This has been suggested by presenter Conor McGilligan, who has been speaking on the One Leeds Fan Channel as he analysed the Whites’ season so far.

Jesse Marsch’s men have had a turbulent campaign to date as they find themselves down in 15th place following their latest defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.

In their last four league games, Marsch’s men have conceded 11 goals, which has them ranked as one of the Premier League’s leakiest defences, with 26 goals conceded across the season.

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And with the January transfer window looming, McGilligan has shared his concerns as he believes there is an argument to be made for Leeds having the league’s worst defence.

He said: “I’m more worried defensively. I think there is an argument Leeds United have the worst defence, collectively, in the division.

“I think the back four, as a unit, are not working well together at all. It seems like there is some real weak links in there, and we know who the weak links are.”

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Statistically, Leeds do not have the worst defence in the Premier League, with Bournemouth having conceded another six goals on the Yorkshire side’s tally – albeit having played one more game, which includes their 9-0 drubbing at Anfield.

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However, if they do fail to sort out the form they were showing towards the World Cup break, it has to be said there could be major concerns over Leeds’ Premier League status.

Last January, Leeds did not bring in a single new signing, so it could well be a case of trying something new at the back if they are in a similar station to last year ahead of the upcoming window.

Pascal Struijk has been forced to play at left-back and we do wonder whether playing him in his more natural position could make all the difference for Marsch.

Whatever happens in the January window, it is apparent something needs to change in that Leeds defence if they want to avoid another relegation battle.

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