By Liam Thomas

7th Jan, 2023 | 10:10pm

Leeds United given relegation rating as defensive issues loom large

Daily Mail journalist Sam Brookes has shared his Leeds United relegation rating out of 10 with the Premier League season almost at its halfway point.

The Whites currently sit in 14th place in the table, not so bad considering the dire run they had been on, but they are only two points above the dreaded drop zone.

Brookes believes Leeds United have major defensive issues but gave Marsch’s men a 4/10 chance of relegation, a solid shout compared to some of the other ratings he gave teams in and around the West Yorkshire outfit.

“Leeds only stayed up on the final day last term, but started this season with two wins in their first three games to suggest that better times could be ahead,” said Brookes as quoted by the Daily Mail.

“They then had a wretched run of form, though, losing six of their next eight matches to leave Jesse Marsch clinging onto his job.

“A shock win at Anfield arrested their slide, and they followed that up with a remarkable 4-3 victory over Bournemouth.

“That win came in a chaotic end-to-end game, and Marsch is still trying to implement his playing style over 10 months after succeeding Marcelo Bielsa. Patrick Bamford can’t stay fit, and Leeds still have major defensive issues, but the Elland Road crowd should just get them over the line once more.”

January crucial.

January is crucial to whatever season Leeds United have ahead of themselves and new signings in problem areas are an absolute must.

And the Whites are making a fine go of things so far with the signing of defender Maximillian Wober from Red Bull Salzburg.

It could still be argued that more defensive signings need to be made in order to catapult the team up the Premier League table but Wober is a fantastic start.

Alongside a natural left-back, fans have been crying out for the club to sign a forward with poaching prowess who can take the responsibility for goals off of Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo’s shoulders.

With luck, Leeds United can find a suitable talent to fill this gaping gap, since the team has lacked creativity moving forward in recent fixtures.

The failure to do so may leave Leeds in a precarious position, it would only take an injury to Rodrigo to leave the team extremely bare up top.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have already made an approach to sign a player who could be the next arrival at Elland Road after Max Wober.