By Saikat Mandal

16th Feb, 2023 | 10:40am

Robbie Earle shares Leeds United relegation verdict ahead of Everton clash

Robbie Earle has suggested that the next few games will decide whether Leeds United will secure their Premier League status or go down in the Championship.

The Whites are 17th in the Premier League table, and they are without a permanent manager following the sacking of Jesse Marsch.

The club are in the process of appointing their next manager, but they haven’t been able to lure their top targets to Elland Road so far.

Leeds will face Everton in their next Premier League game on Saturday (18 February) and it can be seen as a potential relegation six-pointer.

Earle, who played for Wimbledon in the Premier League, currently works as a pundit for major USA channels like NBC Sports, and Peacock USA.

“Somebody might be looking at it and would think it’s a great job, let’s see if they stay in the league,” said Earle for NBC Sport (15 February).

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“It’s not a good look on the club. As big as Leeds United, they took so long to get in the Premier League, they haven’t got somebody in that seat.

“The next few games for Leeds will decide whether they stay in this league or struggle to go down at the end of the season.”

Huge games

While Victor Orta will keep himself busy in finding the right candidate for the vacant managerial job, Leeds players must take full responsibility and make sure they get maximum points from their next two games. 

Leeds will travel to Goodison Park to face 18th-placed Everton this weekend and will face Southampton who are bottom of the league on 25 February. These are the two games, the Whites must win to give themselves breathing space. 

While there are plenty of games left to play in the season, these are the game that could define their destiny. These are winnable games, but the tactics need to be spot on. 

The Whites were brilliant in their previous two games against Manchester United. They were well-organized at the back at Old Trafford and managed a 2-2 draw. 

At Elland Road, they were undoubtedly the better side of the two, but they missed a lot of chances and were punished in the end. The scoreline doesn’t give the true picture of how well the Whites played, and they can carry forward the confidence despite the defeat. 

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