By Jonty Banks

23rd Dec, 2022 | 9:10pm

Robbie Savage makes shock Leeds United Premier League relegation claim

Robbie Savage has put his neck on the line by claiming Leeds United will be relegated from the Premier League this season in his 2022/23 predictions for The Mirror.

Jesse Marsch’s side returns to Premier League action just two points above the drop zone following a somewhat inconsistent start to the season.

They host Manchester City at Elland Road next Wednesday (28 December) as they look to return to winning ways in the league and push themselves away from a consecutive season fighting against relegation.

But pundit Savage outlined how unimpressed he had been with Marsch’s side this season and believes their leaky defence could prove their ultimate downfall.

He said: “I predicted they might drop before a ball was kicked, and sadly I have not seen enough over the first 14 games to change my mind.

“Only Southampton have conceded more goals so far and Jesse Marsch might be facing a rough ride.”

Enough class to survive

Savage does make a good point when referring to Leeds’ dodgy defensive record, but the starting XI has far too much class to be relegated to the Championship.

Attacking options such as Rodrigo, Willy Gnonto, Brenden Aaronson and Crysencio Summerville highlight a side that creates an abundance of chances, and one that won’t struggle to unlock defences.

There are just two final pieces of the puzzle remaining for Leeds to fill in January to ensure Premier League safety: A centre-forward and a left-back.

If they can find an out-and-out poacher, who can finish off the Whites’ attacking moves, they will have far too many goals to be resigned to relegation. Even if it’s a “we will score more goals than you” mindset, it certainly won’t be boring.

Signing a proper left-back is also necessary in the upcoming window as Pascal Struijk is far too good a footballer to be played out of position all season long, and his move to centre-back could in turn, transform Leeds’ fortunes.

In other Leeds United news, we can exclusively reveal a major decision being made on Liam Cooper after he missed the friendly defeat to Monaco.