By Joe Ellis

31st Dec, 2022 | 3:41pm

BBC pundit lauds 'typical' Leeds United for start to game v Newcastle United

As they do in every game, Leeds United came flying out of the blocks away at Newcastle United and Chris Waddle was not at all surprised.

Wilfried Gnonto unleashed a very early shot on goal in the North East as the Whites tried to get ahead of the game at St James’ Park against the high-flying Magpies.

Newcastle are still unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season but Jesse Marsch set his side up to try and change all of that with Gnonto, Jack Harrison and Brenden Aaronson behind Rodrigo.

Tyler Adams returned from suspension in midfield too and Waddle was impressed with how quickly Leeds United started against Eddie Howe’s side despite their indifferent league form.

“Typical Leeds, they have come out of the blocks quickly,” Waddle said on BBC Radio 5 Live. “They have come out and are having a go at Newcastle from the start.”

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If football matches were only 15 minutes long then Leeds could be one of the best sides in the world given how good they are in short bursts.

But everyone knows that isn’t the case and Marsch has to find a way to get the high level of performance for much longer than a little period.

In the Premier League, no team can consider themselves worthy of survival if they can’t be consistent over the entire length of a football game and Leeds have to become aware of that.

They can’t rely on out-scoring teams 4-3 every week because they will not be good enough to score that many more often than not.

But the opposition will punish mistakes at this level and the more it happens at the back, the more need there is for a top performance over an hour and a half rather than an occasional 10 minutes here and there.

In other Leeds United news, Robbie Savage enraged Emma Jones after what he said about the Whites in his Premier League relegation prediction.