By Jack Cunningham

15th Sep, 2021 | 7:10pm

Leeds United star Stuart Dallas dismisses 'second season syndrome' claims

Leeds United star Stuart Dallas has dismissed any suggestion that the Whites are suffering from ‘second season syndrome’.

The Whites have not started the season that well and have collected just two points from their first four league games.

They head to Newcastle United on Friday looking for their first win of the season, but Dallas has rejected any suggestion that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are suffering from ‘second season syndrome’ [Leeds Live].

He said: “People tend to say that, but it doesn’t have to be.

“A lot of people say that. It’s easy to say that now, looking after four games we’ve got two points, it’s easy for people to say that the second season’s always difficult.

“We’ve had a tough start to the season; there’s no getting away from that.

“Of course, a heavy defeat is never good; it’s important that we use the performance.

“We won’t change, but we’ve got to be better at what we do. We’ve got to try and improve and be better.

“We can learn a lot from this, we can, but at the minute, we’re really, really disappointed with the result.”

Defiant message from Dallas.

‘Second season syndrome’ has become synonymous with teams promoted from the Championship who do well in their first season in the Premier League.

The theory seems to be that the players representing the promoted side are riding on the crest of a wave and come up as an unknown quantity.

This leads to perceived over achievement that can’t be replicated the following season, and the promoted club struggles badly.

The best recent example of this would be Sheffield United, who finished the 2019/20 season in ninth and then were relegated last season.

However, we can see why Dallas has strongly denied this because the Whites have a fantastic manager and some excellent players.

In the past, the 30-year-old himself has been described as “amazing” by Alex McLeish, and there are several other excellent footballers in that Leeds side [Football Insider].

Certainly, we agree with what Dallas says and believes that the Whites will be fine once they get their first win.

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