By Sean Fisher

16th Sep, 2022 | 4:10pm

Graham Smyth blasts 'ridiculous' Leeds United schedule after Manchester United postponement

Leeds United will be out of action in the Premier League until early October after the decision to postpone the Manchester United match.

Following the sad death of Queen Elizabeth II, Leeds United have seen two of their Premier League matches postponed, with last week’s cancellation against Nottingham Forest followed up with the announcement that the Manchester United match this weekend is off.

It’s left Jesse Marsch’s side without a professional fixture until 2 October, when they face Aston Villa at Elland Road.

Amid all the controversy of the cancelled fixtures, Yorkshire Evening Post’s Chief football writer Graham Smyth has chimed in with his thoughts.

Speaking on the Inside Elland Road podcast, Smyth said: “Leeds with this quite ridiculous 29-day period without a game in a season that already feels like we’re cramming fixtures in because of the World Cup.

“It just doesn’t sit well that teams can go 29 days without a fixture, and it’s going to be difficult to squeeze those games in.”

Unprecedented

As mentioned by Smyth, it’s understandable why fixtures have been cancelled in recent weeks considering the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and all the ramifications that come with it.

But the handling of the fixtures by the Premier League and the FA has been sub-par. With no known dates of when the cancelled fixtures can go ahead, Leeds will likely be handed an incredibly dense fixture list at the start of 2023.

Simply put, the timing of the upcoming international break couldn’t have been worse, with it leaving a sizeable gap in the Premier League calendar.

Players are already wanting to avoid injury ahead of the World Cup this winter, and packing their schedules with even more fixtures will simply lower the quality of the games in general.

With no matches in sight, Leeds should enjoy their break while they can, because a frantic winter and spring schedule is heading their way.

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