Harry Kewell admits being frightened by Leeds United relegation battle
Former Leeds United winger Harry Kewell has admitted it is ‘frightening’ to see the club in another relegation battle this season.
Kewell was part of the Leeds squad that competed in the Champions League semi-finals, and left the summer before the club were relegated to the Championship.
They only returned to the Premier League two seasons ago and are now in a battle for survival, with the Australian telling Premier League Productions that they must get points against Crystal Palace before a ‘very difficult’ run-in.
“It’s frightening to see,” he said. “It’s slightly disappointing because they are a fantastic club and they’ve worked so hard to get where they’ve got.
“But looking at their run-in, again I have to agree with Michael [Owen], I’d be happy to be in Burnley’s situation at the moment.
“The new manager, getting a couple of wins, the momentum’s there. With Everton and Leeds, they’ve got a tough run-in and it’s going to be difficult.
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“If they can scrape through tomorrow and get three points, maybe that can ease the pressure. But it’s definitely going to be difficult for Leeds.
“Do they need to take points from Palace? One hundred per cent – and I’m not just saying one point.
“I’d like to see them get three to get that breathing space because the next three games are going to be very difficult for them.”
While all the attention is currently on Burnley and Everton in the relegation battle, Leeds aren’t out of the woods yet and Palace is the start of a tough run.
After Monday night’s game the Whites face Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea in a run and with Burnley in decent form right now after sacking Sean Dyche and Everton having a game in hand they could yet be dragged back in.
Jesse Marsch has been quick to maintain that the team aren’t safe until it’s mathematically impossible, so the team and fans have been relatively calm about their situation.
Now Kewell has chipped in with a warning that is sure to resonate considering his experiences at the club in the past and knowing how quickly it can all go down hill.
A win against Palace will go a long way to securing their Premier League status for another year, but they’ll need to be at their best to get it.
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