By James Murray

24th Oct, 2023 | 9:28pm

BBC pundit makes 'ridiculous' admission amid Leeds United promotion chances this season

Leeds United should be on the tails of second-place Ipswich Town soon if they can improve defensively, according to Sam Parkin.

Speaking on the ‘What the EFL!?’ podcast on Monday (23 October), the BBC Radio London pundit said the Whites aren’t “perfect” defensively, but that they are “so good” going forward and are going to “outscore many teams” due the number of attacking options they have.

He added that the team Daniel Farke’s side had on the pitch at the end against Norwich City on Saturday (21 October) was “ridiculous” as they came back from 2-0 down to secure a 3-2 victory at Carrow Road.

“I don’t think defensively they’re perfect, but I think they’re so good going forward, there’s so many options, so they’re going to outscore many teams,” said Parkin. “If they can improve defensively, Leeds should be on Ipswich’s tail quite soon.

“This was just Daniel Farke going for it basically at 2-1 down, they went to a 3-5-2 and had the front four on the pitch, and introduced Bamford and Gnonto. It was a ridiculous lineup that finished this game.”


There is no doubt that Farke has some superb attacking options at his disposal after keeping hold of some first-team players and making some quality additions.

The Whites boss utilised those options extremely well against Norwich as he threw caution to the wind in a bid to get something out of the game and it worked a treat.

That victory pushed them up to third in the table, but they remain six points behind Ipswich in second after they have had a strong start to the season.

Farke will be looking for his defence to be a bit more solid after a shaky first half against the Canaries, but they have defended well on the whole this season.

Although there is a decent gap to the Tractor Boys, there is still an awful long way to go this season and there will be some twists and turns as the campaign goes on.

In other Leeds United news, Farke should axe a defender after his performance against Norwich.