Leeds United title win on the cards as journalist shows Norwich City comparison
Journalist Beren Cross shared a comparison between Daniel Farke’s Leeds United side and his Norwich outfit who won the Championship title in the 2018/19 season, which should give Whites fans cause for optimism.
Cross shared a stat in the Yorkshire Evening Post that shows Leeds have more points after eight games now than the Norwich class of the 2018/19 campaign managed by the same stage. Norwich had picked up 11 points, while Farke’s Leeds side have 13.
The former went on to win the title, suggesting the same could be done at Elland Road. They are now unbeaten in six league games, despite a couple of frustrating draws, and look to be going from strength to strength.
Writing in his column in the Yorkshire Evening Post on 24 September, Cross shared: “The German had previously talked down any concerns about United’s slow start given how his Norwich City title winners of 2018/19 lurched into that campaign.
“In 2018, the Canaries had 11 points after eight games. Leeds now have 13. This was domination and an answer to any and all questions about which direction this is heading in under Farke.
“United are unbeaten in six league games for the first time since April 2021. They have strung four consecutive clean sheets together for the first time since March 2020, when Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites were in their Championship pomp.
“The Hornets were blown away and Leeds are up to fifth, quietly going about their business and closing in while the current top three command the headlines. This felt like the most fun we have had at Elland Road since that anomalous 3-0 win over a listing Chelsea vessel in August 2022.”
As mentioned previously, there have been some frustrating draws in among the highs of big wins in Leeds’ current unbeaten run. Goalless draws with both Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday, with the former lucky not to be a defeat, show there is still room for improvement.
It is important that the team don’t get carried away with their current run. Those frustrating games may act as a good tonic to calm the expectations, avoiding too much confidence and acknowledging the need to do better.
However, comparisons to the title-winning Norwich side of 2018/19 as well as those to Leeds during the Halcyon Days of Marcelo Bielsa do show a glimpse of what is possible with the current side.
The players are certainly of a good enough level. Despite the exodus from Elland Road in the summer, Leeds retained several players that could be considered Premier League quality, with the likes of Georginio Rutter and Crysencio Summerville shining.
Farke and his squad won’t get carried away, but for the fans, maybe they can dare to dream.
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