Negativity is in the air at Elland Road at the moment.
To be fair, it’s hard to find anything to be positive about, after all, Leeds have lost four of their last five league games.
The Whites’ grip on the automatic promotion places is slipping, and goal difference is now the only thing keeping them in the top two, despite having an 11-point lead just a month and a half ago.
The pressure seems to be getting to the players as well, Phil Hay tweeted about an interview that Luke Ayling did after the Forest game, and many supporters were worried by what they were seeing from the defender.
The 28-year-old looked absolutely crestfallen in the video, struggling to put his emotions into words and seemingly mentally worn out.
Many supporters had concerns about Ayling’s demeanour in the clip.
Looks broken. Sad and worrying. There’s loads of points still to play for.
— Phil (@philleeds12345) February 9, 2020
Luke looked like he was about to burst into tears 😔
— Billy 🦏 (@BillyLUFC7) February 9, 2020
Looked & sounded broken , couldn’t even find the words
— Martin L (@martinlcavetown) February 9, 2020
— Paul Dutton (@PaulDutton19) February 9, 2020
Others were more bothered by what this could mean for Leeds’ performance on the pitch, as it seemed like the full-back was lacking any sort of confidence or belief in the team’s ability.
If Ayling’s attitude is echoed throughout the squad then the Whites’ performances on the pitch may well be affected.
I think that interview was more candid than Luke may have intended, but it sounds like mental exhaustion too, “the first goal killed us”.
We still had a full hours worth of football to play, but it appears the team had mentally collapsed. That is very worrying.
— Stephen Lewis (@vegansmithsfan) February 9, 2020
Luke utterly down in the dumps and no clear way out, I fear for our season
— Richard Lang (@richardlang05) February 9, 2020
Another section of the fanbase genuinely believe that it’s about time for the club to appoint a sports psychologist after watching Ayling’s interview.
If they haven’t got a top sports psychologist in working with these players to help get them in a more positive frame of mind, it’s criminal dereliction of duty.
— Pablo “El Loco” Bielsabub 💙💛 (@Pablo_Lassoggy) February 9, 2020
Now would be a great time for the players to have the support of an in-house psychologist.
— Tom English (@englishtomcom) February 9, 2020
Employ a sports psychologist maybe?
— Stephen Nichols 💙💛 (@Stephen_LUFC) February 9, 2020
In other news, Leeds may be powerless to avoid dipping even further.