David Prutton has claimed that Leeds United may have to master playing behind-closed-doors if they are to earn promotion to the Premier League.
The Sky Sports pundit admitted that the Whites have a 12th man when playing at Elland Road, and it may be hard to not have that every week.
The initial plan of the EFL was to complete the remaining nine games of the Championship behind-closed-doors but as time goes on, even that seems unlikely right now.
Prutton though claimed that Leeds may have to seal promotion with no fans present, something which may be harder than one thought.
“Having had the privilege of playing in front of a packed-out stadium at Elland Road and also back in the day playing against Leeds, it’s both inspirational and it can be intimidating if you are the visiting side,” he wrote for the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“At Elland Road, the crowd is that stereotypical and much-cliched 12th man, they’ve got it in abundance and bucketloads.
“United’s fans are quite rightly lauded for it but if that’s the state of play then that’s just something that Leeds United, like every other team, would have to master and gain control of.”
There isn’t much that Leeds haven’t mastered since the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road, so this would be another notch on the belt loop for the Whites.
It may not even get to that point though, with the Times reporting that a growing number of clubs in the Championship are now wanting the season to finish early and to use the point-per-game method to finalise the standings.
Phil Hay revealed that there are no credible methods that could prevent Leeds from missing out on promotion, with the PPG model enough to hand Bielsa’s men the title – fingers crossed.
Weighted PPG, as might be used in L1/L2 doesn't change anything in the Championship: title winners, top 3 or relegation (if my quick top of the head calculations are correct). Might for 6th but play-offs won't happen if we can't play to season finish so who gives a? #lufc
— Michael Green (@Michael_Green__) May 8, 2020
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