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Leeds United have started the 2019/20 Championship season in a state of inconsistency which is likely to concern the club’s fanbase, but Gary Mcallister has hinted that they are capable of going all the way if they build up a head of steam.
Having made over 200 appearances for Leeds across a six-year spell, former midfielder McAllister is well-accustomed to life at Elland Road, and the current assistant manager at Rangers has spoken about his belief that Bielsa’s side can be “unstoppable” if they gather momentum.
The West Yorkshire outfit failed to achieve promotion in Bielsa’s debut season at the club, losing to Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the playoff semi-finals. Yet despite the Argentinian committing to an extended contract with the club for the 2019/20 season, Leeds are currently failing to find the momentum that McAllister has called for in the club’s bid to achieve promotion to the Premier League.
Gary McAllister tells the current squad that when Leeds United get a bit of momentum, it can be unstoppable.
— Graham Smyth (@GrahamSmyth) October 17, 2019
With just one win in their last four games, Bielsa finds his side sitting fifth in the Championship table, just two points from the summit that is currently occupied by West Bromwich Albion. Despite appearing to be destined for promotion in the previous campaign, Leeds were unable to keep pace with Norwich City and Sheffield United, who both charged on to secure automatic promotion to the top-flight.
Bielsa’s side will face crucial games against Birmingham City, Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday over the next ten days, so what better time to gather up some well needed momentum as the season begins to truly take shape.
With some considerable competition for a place in the Premier League, either via automatic promotion or through the play-offs, the 2019/20 campaign will present a serious challenge to Bielsa’s managerial abilities.
Whilst the club did well to retain the likes of Kalvin Phillips despite strong links to Aston Villa, it will all be in vain if Bielsa’s side cannot achieve promotion.
Given the quality of their squad alongside the fact they sit a mere two points from the top of the Championship table, there can be no doubting that if Leeds can find the momentum that McAllister has referenced, they could finally end their 15-year exile from the top flight.