By Peter Lynch

3rd Oct, 2023 | 12:10pm

QPR handed major boost ahead of clash v Leeds United as distance travelled statistic emerges

Leeds United knew immediate promotion back to the Premier League was always going to be difficult following their relegation last season.

Along with having to battle it out with the likes of fellow relegated clubs Southampton and Leicester City, the usual suspects were always going to make things tricky.

It is a very difficult competition, and also a very long one, with the Whites set to play eight more league matches than last season, even before they make the play-offs if that was to be their fate.

Given the busy nature of the campaign, the fixtures come thick and fast, with all clubs playing either three or four matches in the last 15 days, according to The Fishy (2 October).

But the distance travelled figures read poorly for one club more than any other, and that is Daniel Farke’s Leeds. As per The Fishy (2 October), the Whites have spent a total of 674km travelling to matches in the last 15 days, more than any other side.

Fortunately they are back on home soil in their next encounter, with QPR travelling to Elland Road on Wednesday (4 October).

Gareth Ainsworth’s side are currently struggling and sit 22nd in the table, with the club winning just two of their nine matches so far, but they can at least take some confidence from the lengthy trips of their upcoming opponents in recent weeks.

It is, of course, still very early into the new season, so players really should not be that fatigued, but Farke may just be aware of tiredness creeping into some areas of his squad.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has slammed one player who wasn’t “involved enough” in the loss to Southampton.