Many teams suffer from what is commonly known as second-season syndrome. It’s where a club survives in their first season being in the Premier League before falling like a stone into the relegation zone, which is exactly what happened to Sheffield United this season. However, former Leeds United midfielder, David Norris, doesn’t see Leeds United succumbing to the same fate.
It appears to be a current theme in Yorkshire lately as Huddersfield Town did the exact same thing as the Blades, avoiding the drop after being written off before the season began but ultimately, they imploded during their second season and stunk out the Premier League finishing bottom of the pile in 2018.
Leeds, however, appear to be different as they managed to finish in the top half of the Premier League, despite having their 12th man behind them all season, something both Sheffield United and Huddersfield relied on heavily.
Instead of thinking about avoiding the drop in their tricky second season, Norris believes that Leeds will be looking to improve on this season and push closer to the European spots. He spoke exclusively to Football FanCast:
‘I don’t think so, no. I think when Sheffield United came up, they didn’t really change too much. They still had a Championship squad that was just overachieving and they didn’t make many big signings. Whereas Leeds, they spent big coming into the league and didn’t mess about.
“I just think because of the way they play, they’re not looking to just stay in the league. They’ve come in and had a right go and I don’t expect them to drop off too much. Teams will have a little bit more of an idea about the way they play and may know how to stop them but, I can’t see them struggling.”
Leeds fans will have been excited to hear the news that Marcelo Bielsa had reportedly signed a new deal to keep him at the club for next season and that could turn out to be the club’s most important signing of the summer.
After enjoying their first season back in the Premier League, many Leeds fans will be set to hopefully enjoy watching one of their own at the European Championships this summer, if Kalvin Phillips makes Gareth Southgate’s final 26-man squad.