It’s fourth v sixth in the Premier League on Monday but there are some journalists who obviously haven’t watched much of Leeds United yet this season.
Writing in his match preview in the Guardian, Daniel Harris said one thing we agree with – that the game against Leicester is “the weekend’s most intriguing match-up”.
However, he made a ridiculous claim about the two sides, saying, “On the one hand, they [Leicester] have by far the better players so should feel comfortable pushing the pace – able to rely on their quality in the first instance and their defence if it comes to it.”
By far the better players?
We think that’s a ridiculous claim to make when you look at the two squads.
Leicester have Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Kasper Schmeichel.
Leeds have Rodrigo (Spain’s number nine), Jack Harrison, Helder Costa, Kalvin Phillips (admittedly out for this game) and Robin Koch. We wouldn’t swap Luke Ayling for anyone from the Leicester side.
Leeds have also got a devastating bench that will see Raphinha and Pablo Hernandez available if Marcelo Bielsa needs an impact.
The claim that Leicester have “by far the better players” is just false and lazy journalism.
Leicester could easily be said to be punching above their weight in the Premier League. Without Rodgers, we doubt they’d be as high as they are, or have been since he arrived.
Harris did go on to say that if Leicester do push the pace, it’s playing into Leeds’ hands.
He said the match was a tough one to call and we’ve got no issue with that. We think Leeds could nick it but we could also see it being a low score draw.
But to say that Leeds players are much worse than Leicester’s is just insulting.
In other Leeds United news, Bielsa set to unleash Leeds secret weapon v Leicester for just 10th league start