Former Leeds United defender Tony Dorigo believes the tactical adaptations made by manager Javi Gracia have been crucial in turning the club’s form around.
Before Gracia took the reins in West Yorkshire, Leeds looked in significant trouble. A leaky defence coupled with an ineffective, narrow style of play saw the Whites sinking down the table fast – as a dismal run of form led to the sacking of previous head coach Jesse Marsch.
Compared to this, the turnaround since Gracia’s tenure began has been drastic. The 52-year-old’s time at Elland Road got off to a great start with a 1-0 win over Southampton, and has produced a period of positive results which has seen the Whites secure 10 points from a possible 18.
Significantly, Gracia’s three wins in the Premier League have come against sides who also find themselves battling relegation this season: Southampton, Wolves, and Nottingham Forest.
Perhaps even more importantly – Leeds now look like a side who are much more difficult to beat, whilst also looking much more threatening going forward.
For Dorigo, the Whites’ improved results – and performances – are the product of tactical changes made by Gracia, particularly in relation to “flexibility” and an increased width.
“If you look at how we were playing before and how many points we were picking up, in parts, we were playing okay, but were not getting the rewards,” Dorigo told LUTV.
“Now actually, we are playing well and are getting the rewards and it’s absolutely vital.
“I think our flexibility helps but also, look where our attacks are coming from and it’s down the flanks.
“We are certainly getting wide, we are getting overloads and they are effective.
“Javi Gracia has come up with a plan and it is a good one.”
Leeds will be hoping to continue their impressive league form when fellow strugglers Crystal Palace travel to Elland Road this Sunday.