Three red cards in three matches has put pay to any talk of promotion for the Whites this season. While the point deficit to the play-offs is still manageable following yesterday’s crazy loss at Millwall, Leeds look like the transitional team that they are. That our early season form sent us soaring up the table is no less remarkable than our recent plummet, for teams with a new boss, new faces and a whole new perspective are bound to have highs and lows.

Consistency breeds consistency in football. Keep your manager and the best players around long enough and sooner or later, they’ll develop the nous to win matches they’d previously lost.

For Leeds, the biggest problem tends to be an inability to cope with physical sides, but the poor disciplinary record which has left Thomas Christiansen with an alarming number of suspensions hasn’t helped matters. Both these issues can be ironed out with experience however. The side – perhaps with an addition or two – will eventually learn how to cope with the more combative sides the Championship throws up, while Samu Saiz and Eunan O’Kane will both learn from their moments of absolute stupidity having both let their teammates and the fans down.

No surprise that the bookies have Leeds as high as 16/1 for promotion at this stage, making 9 teams a more likely promotion candidate than Christiansen’s Whites. If you are betting on the football, be sure to check out TeamFA for daily betting tips and news, though given the unpredictability of this Leeds side, I’d avoid placing large amounts on our fate.

Any hope Leeds have of mounting a late charge towards the top will require Lasogga find some consistency. Both he and Kemar Roofe had excellent games v Millwall, but the German has been far too hit and miss since his arrival. The first of our new signings, De Bock, showed promise though and a natural left-back getting forward and stretching the game is sure to create a bit more space.

Crucially for Leeds, the difference is likely to be Samuel Saiz. Any team in this division can hit a hot streak at the right moment and find themselves in the play-offs and if anyone is to be Leeds’ catalyst, he’s the most likely. He has another month before he returns to action but what form he returns in could be the difference. A Samu Saiz who’s kept himself in peak condition and is determined to make amends could make for a very entertaining scramble to the line.

 

3 Responses

  1. henrymouni

    The more things change, the more things stay the same.
    15 years in limbo, and still no escape in site.
    Last summers 15 new recruits had Samu as the pick of the crop.
    Add Lassogia who is a quality player, (and maybe Alioski & Wieweld?)
    We lost Green, Wood, Taylor, Bartley, Bridcutt and Cook.
    NONE of these were replaced with quality players.
    So we have a squad weaker than last seasons.
    We have a group of say 12 new players who will never see the first team.
    The surprise was that we started so well, but the opposition soon found our weak underbelly.
    LU ‘don’t like it up ‘um’ ‘.
    It does not seem fair that the manager cannot pick his own players?
    We employ Victor to bring players in!! Oh dear.
    It is only now that the Chairman is realising we need good proven players, not cheapo’s.
    They don’t come cheap, but quality counts.

    MOT!

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  2. Chareose

    we have a far better owner, more stability………..but the transfer strategy essentially seems the same as Cellinos, look for hidden gems in the rough, buy em cheap en-mass and maybe one out of ten will come good. ForShore seems OK but I don’t think hes going to uproot trees

    I don’t think there wsa any intention from Leeds to get promoted this year and some might say that’s fair enough but where will be after the summer once Saiz and jansson go………..I think POntus is giving us this season then at 26/27 he will be off to prove himself in the prem. So without real momentum its constantly 3 steps forward 4 back and will be until the club starts signing QUALITY rather than quantity

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