After a memorable first season back in the Premier League, expectations on Leeds United at the start of this season were pretty high. A mid table finish was the least expected, but the top half, and possibly even Europe, were mentioned by fans.
So far, they’ve not got off to the best start, with defeats coming early, they are still yet to win and on top of that, they have shipped a lot of goals. Liverpool have been to Elland Road and scored three, Everton have scored twice there and Manchester United put five past them at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season.
Those who went to new betting sites and placed wagers on Leeds to have a successful season will no doubt be a little worried with how they have started. Will this change, or will Leeds United be fount out this season?
There is no doubt that Leeds take risks, and this leads to an entertaining style of play which fans love to watch. However, this is something that other teams can capitalise on, if they can get a grip of the game and we have seen that twice already this season. Anytime you look at a match report in the latest Leeds news, you will usually read a description of an entertaining game, very few games they play are defensively minded and tight.
Yes, these big defeats came against Manchester United and Liverpool, but last season, Leeds had a great record against the bigger teams, so this still has to be a worry. In both instances, the Leeds defence struggled, they conceded a fairly early goal and then chased the game and left gaps at the back, which gave their opponents more chances to add to their lead. You don’t do that to teams with the quality that United and Liverpool have, and they duly punished Leeds.
The Liverpool game in particular, which took place in front of a packed out Elland Road crowd, was a sign that Leeds are not going to have the same kind of success this season as they had last season. During that 3-0 Liverpool win, the away side constantly got the better of the Leeds back line and had chances to put the ball in the back of the net more than they did.
This may be the question that will determine just what Leeds do this season. Get this right, and mid-table could be on the cards, perhaps even more. However, get this wrong and they may find themselves in a relegation battle.
If there has been one criticism of Leeds in the past, it has been their stubbornness and unwillingness to change, they have a set style and stick to it. This may have to change this season, especially if results don’t pick up. Another few poor results and Leeds could well be the most interesting team to watch in the Premier League.