By Joe Ellis

4th May, 2022 | 6:20am

Leeds United under 'massive pressure' in relegation fight - Phil Hay

Leeds United are very nervously looking over their shoulder towards the Premier League relegation zone in desperate need of a big result fast.

The past weekend was their biggest eye-opener possible as they fell to a 4-0 defeat to Manchester City while Burnley leapt above them with a comeback win at Watford.

The following day, Everton then caused a shock as they used a raucous Goodison Park to their advantage to beat Chelsea 1-0 and cut the gap to the Whites to just two points.

The Athletic’s Leeds United reporter, Phil Hay, chose to go in on the club on their football podcast as he summarised how they found themselves in this mess.

“A very small squad which has been badly affected by injuries, tactically hasn’t worked and didn’t work for (Marcelo) Bielsa as it did in his first three seasons,” Hay said.

“Transfer wise, in my view, haven’t done enough to the squad and didn’t sign anyone in January when they needed to. With hindsight, they did less than they needed to last summer as well.

“That has all accumulated into a massive pressure which is right on them now more severely than at any stage this season.”

In the past

Everything Hay mentions is a valid point and it can be attributed for a lot of the problems that Jesse Marsch is currently facing at Elland Road.

But for the boss and his players, there is absolutely no point in reflecting or pointing to the past right now because it isn’t going to get them out of danger.

Burnley and Everton aren’t dwelling on what the past had to offer but instead are laser-focused on the here and now and that is why they have managed to pick up results recently unlike the Whites.

Reflection can wait for the end of the season, whether that be as a Premier League or Championship club because right now they need to be united as their name suggests to prevent the latter from becoming a reality.

They have all the ability to ease their way away from danger and the manager to help them there but it will all come down to these last four games and with a slightly kinder run-in, Leeds should still be favourites to stay up.

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