Former Leeds United defender Jon Newsome has bemoaned the lack of urgency about the Whites going forward after they suffered a 1-0 loss at West Brom on Friday evening.


Leeds were looking to get back to winning ways at the Hawthorns after a loss at Preston North End, but came up short at the Baggies.


A 37th minute goal from Grady Diangana proved the difference between the two sides and Leeds lost further ground on the three sides above them in the Championship in the shape of Southampton, Ipswich Town and Leicester City.




Newsome believes that Leeds have a lack of urgency when going forward, which allows the opposition to set up against them, especially when it comes to stopping the wingers.


He also stressed there is now an element of predictability about the Whites.



“We have no urgency in our forward play”, Newsome said post match on BBC Radio Leeds.


“We get the ball at the back and we’re comfortable in possession, yes, we’ll keep the ball, but I look at it as an opposing defender.



“You can have the ball on the edge of your area or on the halfway line all afternoon and all evening long because you’re not hurting me, you’re not threatening my goal.


“When we do then try and start opening teams up, they’ve got a back five or a back four, midfielders sat in there, they know what we want to do, get the ball wide and have our wide men come at them; all they did all night long was double up on the wide men, so it made it virtually impossible for anyone to create anything because it’s too late, it’s way too late.


“I just think we’re becoming a little bit predictable.”


Leeds have now lost six times on the road in the Championship this season, while Southampton have lost just twice, Ipswich twice and Leicester once away from home.


The Whites next return to home comforts with Birmingham City to visit Elland Road.