Leeds United go into the new Championship season hoping to better their 13th placed finish last time out. The west Yorkshire club are always expected to be competing at the right top of the league, and this coming season is no different.
Eccentric Argentinian Marcelo Bielsa joins the Whites, as Head Coach, with plenty of work to be done before the new season kicks off. Leeds fans will be expecting a much stronger campaign than last term, with a realistic ambition of achieving a play-off spot.
Bielsa’s energetic style of play, with the full backs pushing up, will provide the positive tactics Leeds fans desire after a lacklustre season. But Leeds perhaps need a few more additions to their squad if they are to be ready for the fixtures coming their way.
Following the fixture announcement, Leeds fans will now have a better idea of how next season is going to pan out…
August 5th – Stoke City (H)
August 11th – Derby County (A)
August 18th – Rotherham United (H)
August 22nd – Swansea City (A)
August 25th – Norwich City (A)
September 1st – Middlesbrough (H)
Bielsa certainly isn’t the kind of manager to shy away from a challenge but considering how big a culture shock his ultra-expansive style of football will be for any Championship club, let alone one that finished midtable last season, he will have hoped for a much easier start allowing for a period to transition the team towards his philosophy.
Unfortunately, Leeds face two clubs who were relegated from the Premier League last season and two who made the Championship playoffs – they won’t be easy games, especially considering three of them are away from home. Hosting Rotherham might provide some some respite but bearing in mind how quickly managers seem to leave the Yorkshire outfit these days and how left-field Bielsa’s methods are, that problematic start could see the Bielsa revolution combust before its even started.