How Leeds United can make their top-flight stay permanent
20 Jul 2020 05:04 pm, by YorkshireSquare
If you hadn’t noticed, Leeds United have been promoted - back to where their fans and much of the footballing fraternity believe they belong. A superb season was finally confirmed as a championship-winning one when West Brom failed to beat Huddersfield and Brentford failed to overcome Stoke at the weekend.
It’s taken them 16 years to get back to the Premier League, but with 5/2 odds of making it before the season began, there were high hopes at Elland Road that it could be their year. After all, they were knocked out of the automatic play-off spots by Sheffield United with Derby County then finishing United off in the play-offs. For those Leeds fans that have seen their championship-winning bets come in, they can now take advantage of other offers such as free bet no deposit casino as they sit back and relax, knowing their team has reached the promised land once more.
For young Leeds fans, their time spent following the Whites has been one of mainly heartbreak, but with strong odds of 1/5 already to stay up next season, they should have plenty of confidence. But, what does the Yorkshire club need to survive?
Bielsa to stay
Marcelo Bielsa joined Leeds in July 2018 following a run of poor results which saw ex-boss Paul Heckingbottom lose his job. A season mainly spent in the top two ultimately ended up in tears as the Whites found themselves third and knocked out of the play-offs by Derby. So strong was the feeling that Argentinian Bielsa could work a miracle, that he agreed to stay on despite rumours that he would head for the exit if Leeds failed to earn promotion. That proved to be the best decision for any Leeds fan. United have lost just nine games all season, maintaining ‘El Loco’s’ prominent feature of the high press and, in the process, refuting claims that Bielsa sides always burn out towards the end of the season. Bielsa was the man to get them to the Premier League and Leeds’ style of play suits the top flight. The Argentinian will surely put pen-to-paper on a new deal to ward off any vultures.
Bring in Ben White permanently
The loss of Pontus Jansson before the season began to promotion-rivals Brentford was a hard loss to take for many Leeds fans. A rock at the back, the Swede had played 81 games for United. But, in came the relatively unknown Brighton loanee Ben White. Having played no first-team games for Albion, the 22-year-old appeared a curious choice. But, with every passing fixture, the ex-Peterborough loanee grew into the centre-back role, playing out from the back with ease. And, those performances haven’t gone unnoticed with a £40-50 million price tag slapped on his head.
Sign a striker
Leeds’ troubles in front of goal this season haven’t gone unnoticed either. Too many chances have been squandered by striker Patrick Bamford despite the fact that he still has 16 goals to his name. Bamford currently sits top of the shots tally with 125 – three more than Brentford’s Said Benrahma and an astonishing 19 more than Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic. The former has one more goal than Bamford, but the latter has a staggering ten more goals. That shows just how wasteful the ex-Middlesbrough striker has been this season. If Leeds are going to stay up and challenge for the top half, then another man up top is essential.