Glaring Leeds United problem Daniel Farke must fix as Premier League return bid falters

The spotlight is on Leeds United following a mini dip in form at the worst possible time of the season. Southampton, who travel to Elland Road on the final day of the season, have re-emerged as serious contenders for automatic promotion after a string of impressive results.

With the top three all dropping points in recent weeks, the Saints could still snatch a top-two finish. Southampton are only three points behind third-placed United with a game in hand against fellow promotion rivals Leicester City.

It is all to play for and Daniel Farke has backed his team to come good when it matters most. The Whites boss is confident his players will keep their composure heading down the final stretch.

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"We're heading into the crunch time period," said Farke, who takes his team to Middlesbrough on Monday. "To stay cool is obviously an important thing. But also the quality of players, a bit of luck and to be focused on what you can influence."

The main thing Farke and his coaching staff can influence? Their faltering attack.

United have underperformed their xG by three goals (four goals from 7.0 xG) in April, their worst underperformance of any month this campaign. They have been way too reliant on Crysencio Summerville to come up with a moment of inspiration to turn matches their way. More is needed from Georginio Rutter as we approach the business end of the campaign.

Whoever plays on the right hand side, whether that is Dan James or Wilfried Gnonto, have to sharpen up their end product. More contributions in the final third from central midfielders wouldn't go amiss either.

And then there is the striker debate. Patrick Bamford has not scored since the second week of March. Joel Piroe continues to blow hot and cold. Mateo Joseph is still finding his feet at Championship level and Farke has yet to hand him a league start.

There are plenty of areas for Farke in need of urgent attention. It is now crunch time and this is where Farke really earns his money.