By Joe Ellis

12th Oct, 2022 | 7:40am

Pundit makes Leeds United relegation claim live on talkSPORT

Leeds United are now winless in five matches in the Premier League and have slid perilously close to the relegation zone in 14th.

The Whites are only three points above the dreaded dotted line with Wolves, Nottingham Forest and Leicester City in the bottom three with a busy schedule of games ahead.

TalkSPORT pundits Darren Bent and Andy Goldstein were debating the drop live on air and chose to make their predictions for the bottom three with differing thoughts.

“Bournemouth, Forest, Fulham,” Bent said before Goldstein responded, “I’ve gone for Southampton, Villa and Forest. Actually, I didn’t put Villa I put Leeds. I went Leeds, Saints and Forest.”

Bournemouth currently find themselves in the top half under interim manager Gary O’Neill as do Fulham in eighth and ninth respectively while Southampton and Villa are both below Leeds in the division after nine matches played, one more than Leeds.

No danger

Leeds United should not feel any kind of threat of the drop after the summer recruitment they managed to do despite losing two key players in Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.

Marsch has now had the summer to work on tactics with his players and it has shown to be paying off for the most part even though results haven’t gone the Whites’ way.

It is more down to the rub of the green than tactical or technical ability that has seen Leeds fail to win certain games although they have to find a way to win ugly to keep themselves away from trouble at the bottom of the table.

The Chelsea triumph was the ideal performance and what Marsch’s ideology can produce when everything clicks but it won’t happen every week and there has to be some nouse instilled into the team.

A scrappy 1-0 thanks to a deflected goal is just as valuable as a 4-0 rout in the points column and while they aren’t the best team in the league, they have to find a way to drag themselves over the line.

In other Leeds United news, an ex-FIFA official has given his verdict on an incident that happened during Leeds’ 2-1 defeat away at Crystal Palace.