Former Leeds United star Jon Newsome has told Football FanCast that the club can only focus on remaining in the Premier League next season, or risk following in Sheffield United’s footsteps.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have enjoyed an excellent season this term, and are currently ninth in the Premier League table.
They are unlikely to qualify for Europe, as they are six points behind seventh-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
However, Newsome is wary of the club setting their sights too high next season, especially after the experience of the Blades.
Chris Wilder’s side finished ninth last season after a poor end to the season saw them lose three consecutive games, to Arsenal, Wolves, and Brighton & Hove Albion.
This season, they are rock-bottom, with 17 points from 33 games, having won just five of their 33 games.
And Newsome believes Leeds should simply focus on staying up next season, and reassess their goals if and when their safety is confirmed.
He told FFC: “But for me it’s got to be survival in the Premier League. Because, as we’ve seen, it’s a tough, tough gig. We’ll touch on Sheffield United down the road, they had an amazing season last season.
“Things didn’t work out this season. It’s been an awful season for them. So Leeds United supporters, Leeds United players, staff, they’ll all have that in the back of their mind as well, you know, everybody will know that they don’t want to do a Sheffield United next season.
“So yeah, the pressure is on so I think it’s achievable, realistic targets for me.”