It looked like a new team were in the white of Leeds United on Saturday and it has to be said that the front four made the difference. At the back it’s fair to say Jansson was man of the match but we actually looked like we could score every time we went forward and Boro didn’t like it. Nobody will like that style of play and Christiansen went back to his style from early season.
Gjanni Alioski has easily his best game at Elland Road since arriving in the summer and his best since the games at Nottingham Forest and Sunderland, not surprisingly the last time he lined up without a target man leading the line. Kemar Roofe showed exactly what he can do with the second goal. He literally turned the Boro defence inside out and left them wondering which way was home before stabbing it to the impressive Pablo Hernandez who picked out Alioski arriving with intent at the back post. The first goal involved all three again, Roofe dropping off and slipping it out to Alioski who whipped it into Hernandez who finished so well. The whole interchanging play between them all was hard to follow from the stands so I dread to think how the Boro fans were feeling by the end of the game.
The introduction of Caleb Ekuban wasn’t a huge change in tactics which was great because what we were doing was working, despite Boro coming at us slightly more in the last ten minutes. Ekuban is more likely to run the channels than Roofe is, where Roofe will drop into pockets of space and make things happen as we saw for both of the goals yesterday. Ekuban’s introduction is a far cry from that of Jay-Roy Grot in recent times, a player that has failed to make any sort of impact whatsoever. There is the situation of Pierre-Michel Lasogga returning either tomorrow or Sunday and for me it should just be for the bench. Kemar Roofe did more than enough to make sure he keeps his place in the side for the coming weeks and that’s due to how different he is to any of our other strikers and how well he executed it.
Thomas Christiansen has been under immense pressure and yesterday was a game he had to win. On Wednesday at Wolves we aren’t expected to get anything but we need to compete and with Christiansen reverting back to his style from the early stages of the season I do feel like we have much more chance of winning games. What we have seen with Lasogga coming into the side is a target man, similar to the way we played last season and if he doesn’t play well we have no chance of winning the game. TC needs to stick to what he did when things were going so well and he will begin to win over the fans after such a bad spell, the result and performance was brilliant yesterday and he showed that he is more than capable of doing it in the big games.