Micah Richards backs Leeds to survive relegation, praises support
Micah Richards has backed Leeds to stay in the Premier League this season and avoid relegation after Joe Gelhardt’s winner against Norwich.
The Whites ended a run of six defeats in a row at Elland Road on Sunday with a dramatic 95th minute winner against the Canaries, putting a four-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone.
Now Richards, who was speaking to the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio, has backed Jesse Marsch’s side to avoid the drop and says the club’s support is ‘one of the best’ and can carry them to success.
“I would pick Leeds [to stay up] just because of the last-minute winner from [Joe] Gelhardt,” he said. “You look at Everton and the amount of money they’ve spent, they haven’t been relegated out of the Premier League.
“Leeds have just got a new manager, they’ve lost a couple of games. Yes, they were unlucky in the first one at Leicester. Young Gelhardt comes in to score the winning goal.
“Even though the expectation at Leeds is lower than at Everton, I think we all thought they would stay up, especially with Bielsa and the way they played after the first season.
“They have had a few key injuries, but if you go to Elland Road regardless of the result, it’s always been rocking. When Leeds went to League One, I went to one game and there was 30,000 people.
“Leeds’ support is one of the best, so no matter the result, they will back their team until the end home and away. Towards the end of Bielsa’s tenure, there were a few groans but they were always going to fight to the end.”
The support of the club has been one of the key reasons why Leeds are still in with a shout of playing Premier League football next season.
When Bielsa was struggling for results the fans never wavered, offering constant support to the players and coaching staff because they could see that they were giving their all.
That changed slightly when Marsch suffered back-to-back defeats in his first two games, but the win against Norwich seemingly reset all their hopes and they’re back behind the side.
With four home games left this season and away trips to take on relegation rivals Watford and Brentford still to come, they’re not out of danger yet but a four-point gap is obviously better than a one point gap.
If t he fans can stay motivated and passionate, Leeds have a better chance of success. That Gelhardt goal is a game-changer, not just literally against Norwich, but also in the course of the season.