Wolves winger Adama Traore has praised Leeds United for their attacking impetus this season, hailing the ‘intensity’ in which they play.
Throughout their debut campaign back in the top flight, Leeds have played expansive football that has seen them score consistently, though it has also seen them concede often.
According to stats by WyScout, Leeds rank third highest in the Premier League this season for expected goals [45.74], falling behind just Manchester City and Liverpool. However, the Whites also rank second highest on expected goals against [49.75], with only West Brom having a worse score.
Following Wolves’ 1-0 win over Leeds on Friday evening, Traore told Premier League Productions that his side were pleased not to have joined many clubs in conceding against Marcelo Bielsa’s men. He said:
“We know how Leeds play with intensity and going back with intensity. We adapt to the plan that Nuno gives to us.
“Also, we know Leeds many games they play, every team concedes against them and I think we did a great effort with 1-0. They didn’t score and it was great for the whole team.”
Stroke of fortune for Wolves
It’s ironic that Adama has spoken so pointedly about Leeds failing to score against his side when in fact the club were perhaps harshly denied a much deserved equalising goal.
Patrick Bamford certainly felt aggrieved that his Leeds side were denied a point through a dubious VAR offside decision, claiming on Twitter that the Whites had been ‘robbed of a point’.
Leeds United have certainly proven themselves to be a dangerous side going forward this season, having only failed to score in the Premier League three times since the New Year.
While the club could perhaps benefit from tightening their defence, their goalscoring proclivity has helped propel them to mid-table, allowing them to establish a foundation on which Bielsa can build upon in the summer.
With Southampton and Aston Villa both travelling to Elland Road before the end of February, Leeds will be eyeing even more goals as they look to break into the top half of the table.