Shooting Stats Suggest Rosler Yet To Get Leeds Moving To His Rhythm

Last updated : 12 October 2015 By Ingy The Wingy

by  Ingy The Wingy 

Rather than set yourself up for a fall, why not wait until the dust has settled, see how things go early on and then discuss whether targets have been met.

To open with claims that you will be bringing a certain brand of football with you, one which will put bums on seats and offer entertainment to the masses, you are setting the bar unnecessarily high from the off.

When Uwe Rosler arrived at Elland Road over the summer, he did so with the air of a man who knew what he wanted and, perhaps more importantly, what a loyal fan base wanted.

The German vowed to adopt the Jurgen Klopp philosophy of ‘heavy metal football’, with the Whites looking to work on the front foot and trouble opponents with an attacking mentality.

Backing up such claims has proved to be a tad difficult.

We are now 10 games into the 2015/16 campaign, so almost a quarter of the way through, and it is fair to say that Rosler has delivered something of a mixed bag.

He may have been looking for heavy metal, but what he has got has been more akin to soft rock.

Leeds have lacked the desired cutting edge, with numbers in that prioritised area of the field making for grim reading.

In 900 minutes of second tier football, only nine goals have been scored – with only second-from-bottom Preston North End (seven) having endured a greater struggle in the final third thus far.

The main problem for Leeds appears to be that their radar is off.

Getting into shooting, potential goal-scoring positions has not been the problem, but troubling opposition goalkeepers and hitting the back of the net clearly has.

Of the 24 teams in the Championship, only nine have fired in more efforts on goal than Leeds (132) this season.

Unfortunately, only two – Preston, them again, and MK Dons – have hit the target on fewer occasions than the Whites’ return of 34.

 Both of those sides sit below Rosler’s men in the standings, but that may not be the case for long if fortunes cannot be reversed.

To break the figures down further, Leeds hit the target with just 26 per cent of their total shots, while their conversion rate of on-target efforts to goals stands at the same mark – nine from 34.

The club have already slipped to 9/1 at the time of writing in Championship betting markets focused on top-six finishes, while they are 18/1 to win promotion, and only 13/2 to be relegated.

Similar numbers were bandied around before a ball was kicked over the summer, only for things to improve slightly on the back of a dogged unbeaten start.

Leeds have failed to kick on from there, though, and Rosler needs to start producing the right tune if he is to raise the noise levels at Elland Road and deliver on the message he was so eager to get across upon inheriting the reins.