Micah Richards shares 'huge' concerns for Leeds United Premier League future
Micah Richards says the lack of discipline that Leeds have shown in recent games is a ‘huge’ concern but thinks they will stay in the Premier League.
The Whites have fallen into the relegation zone after three straight defeats and now have just two games remaining to cement their Premier League status for next season.
But after straight red cards for reckless tackles in each of their last two games, Daily Mail columnist Richards admitted that his hometown team have been ‘too rash’ but feels there is still a twist to come in the relegation fight.
“My heart says Leeds will stay in the Premier League,” he said.
“I’ve not said at any point this season that my hometown club will be relegated but my concerns are huge now and what particularly worries me ahead of the final week of the campaign is their discipline – or lack of it.
“Elland Road is a stadium that feeds off emotion but Dan James’s challenge on Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic on Wednesday was poor, and for it to come so soon after Luke Ayling’s aberration against Arsenal really set alarm bells ringing.
“The best teams play with ice in their veins but Leeds have simply been too rash recently.
“I still believe there will be a twist in the relegation fight but, whatever happens from here, the fact Leeds have picked up 100 cards – and counting – this season is not acceptable. Whatever division they find themselves in next season, it cannot be repeated.”
Like the boss Jesse Marsch said after the defeat to Chelsea in midweek following James’ red card, there is a difference between being committed and aggressive and then crossing the line.
Leeds need to find that balance immediately and fix it, because they’re costing themselves any chance of earning survival with what they’re doing on the pitch at this point.
The team will know by the time they’re next on the pitch if they can climb out of the relegation zone depending on Burnley’s result, and they must react properly when they get into that position because they’re running out of time.
They can’t secure safety yet, but they can take it to the final day and that’s best case scenario for them as it stands.
If there is going to be one final twist and Richards is to be right, then we’re all hoping it goes in Leeds’ favour and they can take advantage of it.