Is it Time for Leeds to Change Their Season Expectations after a Poor Start?
25 Nov 2021 08:54 pm, by YorkshireSquare
The simple fact for Leeds fans is that the start of the season has not gone to plan. Yes, there are issues with injuries, and there is every chance that the club would have been in a much better position with a full complement of players. However, the facts on paper are that we are almost a third of the way through the season and Leeds have just two wins and sit one place outside of the relegation zone. With all of that in mind, is it time to change the season expectations for this club?
At the start of the season, no one really considered the possibility of relegation for Leeds United, and bookmakers had a number of clubs listed at shorter odds than Leeds to go down. However, that is not the case now. Although four clubs are shorter than them in the football bets from Space Casino, where Leeds are now just 39/10 for relegation. The upcoming Premier League schedule is a busy one, with midweek rounds on the horizon, making this a vitally important period for the Yorkshire club.
What Should the New Expectations Be?
A top-half finish was what many people were looking forward to, and while that is not yet out of reach, setting expectations a little lower is probably the best way to go now. Rather than trying to finish in the top half, Leeds should be aiming for mid-table now, and another year of Premier League stability without the worry of relegation hanging over them.
The Premier League is not an easy league to stay in, and it is made even worse if you are constantly in a relegation battle, which is why the likes of newly-promoted Norwich and Watford seem to always struggle when they are in the top flight.
Given the amount of money in the league, and the number of teams that will spend it every season, small steps of improvement are needed for Leeds. The top half may be realistic next season or the season after, but this season, given the start they have made, mid-table would be fine.
Injuries Making Life Tough for Leeds
Injuries have certainly had an impact on the start of the season, although of course, every team has to deal with these at some point. Leeds will certainly be hoping that they have seen the worst of their problems.
Luke Ayling, Robin Koch and Patrick Bamford, who recently landed his first England cap, are just three of the players that have been missing, with others on the sidelines too. These would all have played their part in helping to change a game over the past few weeks. The feeling is that the club would have had more points on the board had these three in particular been in the line-up.
Boss Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping they can return to allow his team to start moving up the standings and into the middle of the Premier League table.