Paul Merson gets it horribly wrong about Leeds United
Renowned Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has been made to eat his words after his pre-season prediction about Leeds United proved to be horribly wrong.
In late August, with a few weeks to go until the start of the new season, Merson, like many others made their predictions of what they thought would happen in the 2020/21 Premier League season.
The Sky Sports pundit, in an interview with The Daily Star, said, “Fulham have a chance of staying up next season because of Aleksandar Mitrovic.
“It’s Leeds I worry about if they don’t sign a striker. I don’t see how they survive. I don’t see Patrick Bamford scoring the goals Mitrovic will.
“I hope Leeds fans don’t think they will do a Sheffield United because I don’t see it. When you try to press like they do, top players will pop the ball around you.”
This is just one of Merson’s takes that’s just aged horribly and looks like a joke in hindsight.
Nobody expected this season to be a walk in the park, and if you were to ask most Leeds fans, they probably wouldn’t have predicted us being in 10th place with three games to go, but that has happened.
Regarding Bamford, Merson did not look at what was being said about him, the improvement he started showing post lockdown, but just relied on what he heard or read on social media.
Comparing Bamford to Mitrovic didn’t work out for Merson either. For starters, Mitrovic wouldn’t even do well in this Bielsa side as he doesn’t run the hard yards to close down opposition players.
And if you were to speak about his goals, the Fulham forward has got three goals in 27 league games. In comparison, Bamford has bagged 15 in 35 and is in contention to make the Euro squad.
Merse also gave Fulham a chance to stay up, but they’ve been in the relegation zone for most of the campaign before eventually having their fate sealed yesterday.
It’s hilarious when ‘experts’ get these things so horribly wrong.
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