US Newspapers – Eddie gray believes failure to replace the team's spine has cost leeds

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US Newspapers – Eddie gray believes failure to replace the team’s spine has cost leeds
Leeds United’s recent poor form is down to their decision to offload a number of key players that formed the spine of their team last season, according to club legend Eddie Gray. Under former manager Garry Monk, the Whites narrowly missed out on a playoff position last term, ending the campaign in seventh place. Leeds look to January move for exciting youngster – httpst.coQE0jp5QewP leedsfc lufc mot whites — NinetyMinutesOnline @90MinsOnline November 10, 2017 The former Swansea City boss parted ways with the club during the summer months and was soon replaced by Thomas Christiansen, who brought in a number of new faces, although Gray has identified three key Leeds players who the Dane has failed to replace adequately. Striker Chris Wood, who scored 30 goals in all competitions for the Whites last campaign, left towards the end of the summer transfer window, joining Premier League outfit Burnley for £15 million. Centreback Kyle Bartley returned to parent club Swansea City having spent the season on loan at Elland Road, where he made 50 appearances, whilst firstchoice Leeds goalkeeper Rob Green also made a move to the top flight, joining new boys Huddersfield Town on a free transfer. Gray believes that those areas need to be addressed once the transfer window reopens in January in order for Leeds to stand a chance of promotion back to the Premier League. “You have got to look at our side last year and the strength was right down the middle of the park,” the former Whites winger and caretaker manager told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “You lost a centreback last year who did well for us in Bartley, your goalkeeper was first class and your centreforward scored 30odd goals. “It’s very difficult to replace somebody who scored 30odd goals – put it like that – and I thought the goalkeeper had a tremendous season.  And Bartley played well too. “That’s the spine of the team and that’s the way you have got to look at things.” Currently three points off the playoff positions in 10th place, Leeds have lost their last four games in all competitions and will be looking to get back to winning ways when they welcome Middlesbrough to Elland Road on Sunday week.

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