By Peter Lynch

3rd Oct, 2023 | 1:10pm

Graham Smyth asks question of Leeds United manager Daniel Farke amid ‘sizeable’ points gap

Leeds United manager Daniel Farke can look at the current Championship situation either positively or negatively, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth.

The West Yorkshire club currently sit ninth in the table with 13 points, having won just three of their nine matches so far.

Leading the way are Enzo Maresca’s Leicester City with 24 points, closely followed by Kieran McKenna’s Ipswich Town with 22 points.

“The gap is there, it’s sizeable but how much you mind it is really down to you,” Smyth wrote for the Yorkshire Evening Post. “If your glass is half full then you raise it to Jamie Vardy and co and content yourself that no one’s start can compare with what Enzo Maresca has done so far and in any case, nine of the last 10 champions had a deficit to overcome by this stage. 

“Neither Maresca nor McKenna have been here and done it before in the Championship and they will face challenges, including their own blips and dips in form. Squad depth, at Ipswich in particular, will come under scrutiny as the division takes its toll and the promotion bounce might not carry beyond the mid-winter.

“Those whose glass is half empty will throw back its contents and fret over the work that will have to be done to catch the Foxes or overtake the Tractor Boys and the fact that this is a Leeds team still getting to know itself, its component parts and how it is meant to work.”

Crucial period

The Whites now enter a crucial period of a busy Championship campaign, with the fixtures really coming thick and fast.

First up this month is a home clash with QPR on Wednesday (4 October), with a victory needed after the disappointing loss to Southampton on Saturday (30 September).

Elland Road encounters with Bristol City and Huddersfield Town are also scheduled for this month, with Farke taking his men to his former club Norwich City and also Stoke City before October is brought to an end.

And if that wasn’t challenging enough, first up in November is a trip to high-flying Leicester, in a match that will allow Farke to truly gauge where his club are.

It won’t be easy, but given the competitiveness and indeed length of the competition, the Foxes can certainly be caught.

They are, however, looking very strong in these early stages, as are McKenna’s Ipswich, much to the surprise of many.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has slammed one Whites player who wasn’t “involved enough” in the loss to Southampton.