MOT View: Scott Parker makes honest admission about Leeds that won't help Fulham on Saturday
If the game between Leeds United and Fulham were being settled off the pitch, it would already be a knockout victory for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Leeds are flying and unbeaten in 11. Fulham have lost three in a row and manager Scott Parker seems to be fearing the worst for Saturday.
He has admitted that Fulham are low on confidence and that Leeds are a better side.
Talking in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Parker said, “Confidence has been hit a little bit. I do see a bit of self-doubt in the players. Ultimately it is my job and my staff’s job to try and get that back.
“If you lose three on the bounce of course you have concerns because a club like us, and what we want to do, you can’t afford to lose matches.”
Parker was also effusive about Leeds and played down his side’s chances of catching them and breaking into the top two.
“There is no denying that West Brom and Leeds are the best two teams in this division,” Parker said.
“They have been the most consistent quality-wise, and squad-wise they are good and mature. We need to try and get a bit of consistency, and if we put some together there is a slight chance.”
If we were Fulham fans we wouldn’t like this much.
As Parker said, it’s his job to lift the players. Words like this aren’t going to help.
Fulham are a limited side. They have Aleksandar Mitrovic and he’s Premier League level. Without his 16 goals this season, though, they would be in trouble.
Leeds will know all about the threat of Mitrovic and Liam Cooper should come back in to help negate him.
Fulham’s propensity to get down the wings to get balls into Mitrovic will leave Fulham open, and in Helder Costa and Jack Harrison, Leeds have got the weapons to exploit a struggling side.
Parker might have been realistic in his outlook but as Leeds fans we’re loving what he’s said. It will be no walkover tomorrow, but Leeds will know they’re playing Fulham at exactly the right time now.
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