Leeds United under 'massive pressure' after weekend results, Stuart Dallas and Liam Cooper injuries a 'problem' - Gary Neville
Gary Neville believes Leeds are under ‘massive pressure’ after weekend results saw them drop to just one point above the relegation zone.
The Whites were beaten 4-0 by Manchester City at Elland Road, while Everton and Burnley claimed big wins to drag Jesse Marsch’s side right back into the relegation race.
While Neville acknowledged that the team wasn’t as ‘chaotic’ or as much of a ‘mess’ as before, the Sky Sports pundit said on his podcast that they are much improved although the injuries to Stuart Dallas and Liam Cooper are ‘a problem’.
“Everton’s win is big. That puts massive pressure on Leeds, and it is how these players handle it.
“The Leeds crowd responded to the performance against City. They knew their side put a real shift in and it wasn’t as chaotic as we’d seen previously, where they just looked like a mess.
“They were organised, they were decent, and they didn’t get that luck. They were a bit frantic in the final third and they’ve got to stop conceding goals from defensive set pieces.
“Losing Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas is a problem there. It’s been the story of their season.
“They do things that teams go down do. They concede goals from set pieces, they are frantic in the final third and they do lack composure, but I do think if they can put four performances in like the one against Man City, it keeps them up.”
It’s no shock to Leeds fans what a huge difference Cooper had on the defensive unit of the club after his return to injury this season.
So his absence from the team against City at the last minute due to injury won’t have helped matters at all, then Dallas’ now confirmed broken leg only made things worse.
Dallas’ absence for the rest of the season is a huge worry considering the poor form of Junior Firpo at left-back this season, but there will be great hope that Cooper can recover for the crunch games that remain.
Without them, Leeds are not only significantly worse defensively but they lack leaders in the squad which could be crucial in a really tough period of games.
As Neville said, there is now massive pressure on the team to survive. It’s no longer in their own hands with Everton’s game in hand so they need a favour, but they must also be ready to react if they get that.
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