Leeds United are currently on course to achieve automatic promotion into the Premier League at the end of this season. The Whites are second in the Championship, behind only Norwich City.
However, the Yorkshire club’s triumph is by no means certain. Sheffield United are hot on their heels and there’s still plenty of time for the Whites to capitulate.
Slipping into the play-offs at the end of the season would be a sickening outcome for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who have been in and around top spot for the most of the campaign so far.
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Although the play-offs would still give them a chance of going up, Danny Mills believes that this is an opportunity that the club would fail to take.
Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT (12/03, 12:45pm), as quoted by HITC, the former Leeds and England full-back said: “The fear is if they drop into the playoffs like they have done in the past, it goes wrong. And that’s a big, big fear. It’s always that team that have been so close in the top two pretty much all season, at the very last minute, you drop into the playoffs, there’s a huge disappointment and a big sigh.”
Certainly, the disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion could knock Leeds off their stride and batter their confidence.
If, in this situation, morale were to be allowed to ebb away at Elland Road then there would be no chance of success in the play-offs. In that sense, Mills’ fears are perfectly legitimate.
However, fans can take heart from how well their side have reacted to disappointments at times already this season. Frustrating defeats to QPR and Norwich City were both followed up with more positive results. This ability to bounce back is something Leeds will have to call on if they end up in the play-offs.