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Leeds United star Tyler Adams believes a ‘change in mentality” is required to turn the club’s fortunes in the Premier League’s race for survival.
The Yorkshiremen sit just one spot above the division’s drop zone, though they are separated from 18th-placed Everton by goal difference only and their 1-0 reverse to Nottingham Forest at the weekend pushed their winless run to a dismal seven matches in the top tier.
Brennan Johnson netted the game’s only goal in Leeds’s defeat at the City Ground on Sunday and the club’s supporters aimed a barrage of insults in under-fire manager Jesse Marsch’s direction at full time.
Adams calls for new mentality
Speaking to Leeds United’s official club channel LUTV after the game, Tyler Adams offered his opinion about why results have plummeted in recent weeks.
“It’s definitely not clear why [Leeds cannot find ways of winning games],” Adams told LUTV. “You could see the progress over the last run of games we’ve had.
“We’ve definitely had a turnaround in the way that we’re playing, especially with the ball. We’ve emphasized a lot – controlling the game a little bit more with the ball, and not just being a team that’s strong against the ball.
“You can definitely see our development in that part of the game. But again, the next step in our development is obviously scoring more goals and then controlling the game from that standpoint.
“We definitely need to have a little bit of a change of mentality now moving forward. Especially against these bigger teams because you don’t create so many chances, so when they do come we need to finish them.”
Leeds results need to improve
Leeds have won just four of their 20 Premier League fixtures this term and just two of those victories have come since October. A return of just 11 points from the last 57 on offer has dragged the club right into the relegation mire, and an upswing in performance levels is needed soon.
American manager Jesse Marsch was appointed to replace popular outgoing boss, Marcelo Bielsa, almost exactly a year ago, and the ex-RB Leipzig taskmaster helped Leeds to mount a strong finish to the 2021/22 campaign.
Leeds started the new season with two wins and a draw from their first three fixtures, however, their results fell off a cliff shortly after, as has Marsch’s popularity with Leeds United’s increasingly frustrated fanbase.
The decision-makers at Elland Road have backed Marsch in the transfer market to the tune of approximately £130m since last summer and in the January window, Weston McKennie, Max Wober, Georgino Rutter and Diogo Monteiro, were all acquired in an attempt to spark a turnaround in fortunes.
However, results have continued to suffer under Marsch and the board members at Leeds will want to see a return on their outlay soon, starting with a much-improved display against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Leeds face old rivals United in a Premier League double-header this week, with the Yorkshire-based side due to host the Red Devils at Elland Road on Sunday. Leeds lost home and away to United last season, with the Manchester giants running up a 9-3 aggregate score over the two encounters