The Athletic’s Phil Hay has dropped an update from behind-the-scenes about the current state of affairs at Leeds United.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side picked up only their second win of the Premier League season when they beat fellow strugglers Norwich City at the weekend, and Hay has now suggested that there remains an internal belief that the Whites will turn the corner sooner rather than later.
He said: “The attitude of the club is very much that the team will play better when key players return from injury (for a sustained period) and individual form picks up. One of the main messages from yesterday and Wolves is that the players are fighting for this – in comparison to Norwich who really looked like they threw the towel in at 2-1.”
While the start to this Premier League campaign has been nothing short of disastrous – whether that’s been through a lack of results or a number of injuries to key players – the momentum that the win over Norwich could bring could be seismic.
Leeds face a home clash against Leicester City this Sunday, with the Foxes of course coming off the back of a disappointing defeat at home to Arsenal last weekend, and with the added obstacle of having to navigate a Europa League encounter against Spartak Moscow tomorrow.
Once that game is done, the Whites will have the international break to get through, and arguably, it has come at a very good time. The extra time Bielsa will get to work with the players on the training ground could prove to be invaluable, while perhaps more importantly, it gives an extra two weeks or so for some of his injured players to close in on a return to fitness.
The likes of Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips have been in and out of the side in recent weeks due to injury, so if they don’t get called up for the international break, the extra rest could prove to be vital. The same can also be said of Patrick Bamford, and getting the club’s starting striker back could ensure the Whites come into that game against Spurs with a bit more spring in their step.
It’s exactly why Hay’s update from what people are thinking at Thorp Arch is sure to excite Leeds fans going forward.