Three things we learned about Leeds from win v Bradford
Leeds left it late but got the three points against Brentford at Elland Road on Wednesday.
The game marked the return of Pontus Jansson after his move over the summer and he must have thought he was going to get something to take home before Eddie Nketiah stepped up with a late winner off the bench.
It leaves Marcelo Bielsa and his men top of the league with four games played and dispells any questions about whether Leeds would suffer a hangover after the play-off disappointment of last season. Instead, it’s full-throttle ahead again.
Here are the things we learned from the game:
This was a game we would have drawn last season
It was heading for a 0-0. It was going to be another of those games. Leeds had 70% of the possession and were choking Brentford out of the game. They had 259 passes compared to 601 for Leeds. But they hit the woodwork and Patrick Bamford couldn’t score. The crowd had seen it all before. But last season we didn’t have Eddie Nketiah and he was the difference-maker at Elland Road. He could be the difference-maker this season.
Ben White is effortless
White put in another brilliant shift last night – second only to Kalvin Phillips according to WhoScored. If you watched the game you might not even have noticed him. He’s so calm and he makes everything look so effortless. There’s another player in the Premier League who does that – Virgil van Dijk. White is young and raw but he could be the real deal.
Jansson – no dramas
Everyone was wondering what sort of reaction Pontus Jansson would get on his return to Elland Road and what sort of performance he’d put in. There were a few boos pre-match but nothing major and during the game he didn’t really get enough of the ball to get the crowd on his back. As it turned out, he turned up and did a professional job. There were no yellows, reds or drama of any sort. He played well and he proved he’s a good centre-back. He’s been replaced and we wish him luck.