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Stan Collymore has tipped Leeds for promotion this season, suggesting they’ll go up automatically in his Sunday People column, via Leeds Live.
Leeds have had an incredibly mixed pre-season, losing to Manchester United in Australia but enjoying a victory over Western Sydney Wanderers.
They also drew with Serie A outfit Cagliari last weekend.
However, it’s in the transfer market where most of their frustrations have lied.
They’ve lost Pontus Jansson and failed to bring in a replacement whilst they also suffered an injury blow with Kemar Roofe following a period where they didn’t bring in another striker to bolster their ranks.
Despite that, Collymore is still tipping them for promotion, writing in his Sunday People column, via Leeds Live:
“Fulham and Leeds are my tips for gaining automatic promotion to the Prem from the Championship this season.
“I pick Fulham because of their squad and Leeds because Marcelo Bielsa will make sure they bounce back from the disappointment they faced at the end of the last campaign.”
It wouldn’t be a great surprise if Leeds were again among the front runners for promotion, but Collymore is wrong to tip them for the reason which he’s given.
The fact of the matter is that given Marcelo Bielsa’s history, he hasn’t been great when it’s come to bouncing back.
The way in which left jobs with Marseille and Lille so quickly is evidence of that.
When in charge of Bilbao, he reached the Europa League final in his first campaign before dropping all the way down to 12th in his second. He then walked out of Marseille after the first game of his second year in charge.
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As for Lille, he walked through the exit door after just 14 matches.
On that evidence, this is a manager who seems to relish new challenges but then lose interest very quickly.
If Leeds are going to achieve promotion it won’t merely be down to their ability to bounce back and Collymore’s assumption that Bielsa will ensure they do is wrong.
Given the Argentine’s track record, he could well have his work cut out to amend the mistakes of 2018/19.