Leeds United have dropped to a disappointing fourth spot in the Championship after losing their second game of the season. The Whites had another day to forget in the English capital as former player Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic claimed a 1-0 win over Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
It was a game to forget for Leeds as they again paid the price for not taking early chances and also had their main weakness exposed again.
Leeds have been struggling from set-pieces this season. Crucial goals against Swansea City and Nottingham Forest came from failing to clear set-pieces that was the case against Charlton today.
Tom Lockyer’s effort was punched away by Kiko Casilla but only into the path of Macauley Bonne, rebounding in for Charlton’s only goal.
It was poor defending from Leeds, especially their Spanish goalkeeper, and it cost them points yet again.
The question will now start being asked among the Leeds supporters about Pontus Jansson. The club sold the Swedish international this summer to Brentford in a deal reported by the YEP to be worth around £5.5 million.
It was a shock decision but, largely, Ben White’s arrival on loan from Brighton has seen Leeds fans forget about their former cut hero.
However, he was a colossal influence in the air and his no-nonsense attitude is perhaps missing from their set-piece defending.
Other issues are also present, like goalkeeper Casilla’s difficulties with the Championship set-piece and Leeds inability to clear the second ball. But there is no doubt Jansson’s absence could be a major factor in Leeds’ main issue this season.