By Mark Smith

25th Sep, 2021 | 12:15pm

Jeff Stelling: Leeds need to prove to people second season syndrome doesn't exist

Jeff Stelling has insisted that Leeds United are still trying to prove that second-season syndrome doesn’t exist in the Premier League.

The Whites are yet to win this season ahead of their clash with West Ham, and many are starting to draw comparisons to Sheffield United last year.

Stelling believes that Marcelo Bielsa will want to prove that the argument is just a figment of people’s imagination.

Speaking live on Sky Sports on their build-up show this afternoon, Stelling posed the question when previewing games.

“Leeds are still trying to convince people that second season syndrome doesn’t exist,” he said.

“It is just a thing of over-fertile imagination.”

Imagination?

With each game that passes, more worry is creeping in.

It isn’t the lack of wins that are causing panic though, it is the manner of performances and how different things are looking this season compared to last.

Newcastle were there for the taking last week in the 1-1 draw, but as the game went on and the more chances were missed, Leeds appeared to run out of ideas in the final third.

The Whites were as clinical as ever last season with their relentless style, and that has been nowhere near in these opening five games.

One thing no one can account for, though, are these injuries – no one could live with this number of problems in their squad.

Patrick Bamford has added to those woes today, and it looks as though we may need a big slice of luck to take home any points this afternoon.

It is still early days, so let’s stay quiet regarding the so-called second season syndrome until later in the campaign.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay shares if Raphinha will start for the Whites against West Ham