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LUFC Howson - Fans not understanding my role

Leeds United skipper Jonny Howson says the fans are not understanding the defensive side of his midfield play this season.

Howson scored eleven times last season when Leeds played a 4-5-1 system with him playing in behind the striker.

With manager Simon Grayson reverting to a 4-4-2 this season, Howson is playing alongside Adam Clayton in the centre of midfield in a more defensive role.

Speaking in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Howson said, "Playing two in there (in central midfield), if me and Adam both move forward, we`d possibly concede more goals. It is a disciplined role; sometimes when you are eager to get forward if you are on the break, you have to think: 'I need to hold here` and let the wide players and two forwards take care of things.

From a fans` point of view, it would be great if I was running forward every time and scoring goals. Sometimes, fans don`t see the other side.

But I`m sure the team and management staff see the job of me playing in that safety valve role. Maybe it`s not very entertaining for fans, but if we are claiming good results and wins from it, I don`t mind."

Howson is yet to score this season, whilst midfield partner Adam Clayton has been taking all the plaudits having netted four times, including a stunning winner at Leicester City last time out.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson spoke out last week when he said he couldn`t understand the criticism that was being aimed in the direction of Howson. Grayson also speaking in the Yorkshire Evening Post, said, 'It amazes me when people criticise Jonny because he goes about his business in a quiet manner.

Other people will always get the plaudits, but he does everything that you ask him to do.

He`s a pleasure to work with and leads by example. He`s not one to steam into tackles, but he works and presses and breaks things up and plays when he gets the chance to. Jonny is a top player.'

Howson will lead Leeds out at Burnley on Saturday and he will be hoping for a repeat of last season, when he scored a superb winner as Leeds came from two goals down at half time to win 3-2.

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 15 2011

Time: 2:03PM

Your Comments

I fully understand his new role, what I cannot understand is how he can go missing for long periods of games when the going gets tough in midfield. For me he should not be club captain. When we are struggling we need a leader, someone who can drag the rest of the team along with him. Instead he is nowhere to be seen. He has improved recently with his contribution and he was actually looking like the player who was driving us on when behind at Birmingham. Unfortunately those games are few and far between when we are losing.
dazza71
Howson said "Playing two in there in central midfield is a must well Clayton doesn't stay back that much and scores some important goals and were is Howson if Clayton can get forward why not he?...
iwa
obviously his defensive prowess is paying off as we have hardly leaked any goals this season have we?? ... oh wait ... STICK TO THE GETTING FORWARD YOU PELICAN !!!!
simonfire1
I would understand his new role if he was good at it and we didn't concede many goals because of it. I would also understand him playing that role even if he wasn't the best if he was a good vocal captain which he isn't. Howson is a great player for this club but only in the position he is best at which is behind the strikers
Geeman265
Too many keep having a go at Howson this season for his failures, I would like to see him further up the field, he's our best late arriving midfielder into the box and a return last season of double figures scoring wise is good for a midfielder. Get off his back and do what all supporters should do get behind him and the rest of the side
Tiny T
If he isn't going to sign a new deal we need to sell him in January and get something for him. We can then get somebody in who doesn't go missing in midfield when the going gets tough.
king billy
 

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