Under former manager Neil Warnock, 30-year-old Varney was asked to play in a wide role on a number of occasions. However, during Brian McDermott's first game in charge of the club at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday, Varney played as a striker and scored two goals.
"I must admit I took it too literally in a 4-4-2 at the start of the season," he said. "I'd never really played left midfield.
"When I start a game, it's in my head I have got to tuck in when I want to get the ball further up the pitch.
"When I'm wide, I have to get crosses in and that's not really me. I don't assist in goals. I'd like to think I can get in behind and in on goal. I do miss a few chances, but like to think I put as many in."
Varney joined Leeds last summer from Portsmouth.