Stan Collymore bids farewell to Leeds United after Premier League relegation twist
Leeds United are going down this season due to sacking Marcelo Bielsa and the fact their players aren’t good enough, according to Stan Collymore.
Everton and Burnley both won at the weekend, meaning that Leeds’ Premier League safety is no longer in their hands with four games left to play.
Leeds sacked Marcelo Bielsa and replaced him with Jesse Marsch in February while the Whites have also been fairly quiet in the last couple of transfer windows despite an obvious need for reinforcements.
Collymore, as a result, feels that Burnley and Everton will avoid the drop and Leeds will go down.
“I want Burnley and Everton to stay up this season,” said Collymore in the print edition of The Mirror today [3 May, page 47] after his headline said it’s “time to say bye, Leeds”.
Collymore added: “People say Leeds, on the other hand, are a big club but they have spent half of their years out of the top flight and they have too many players who are game and honest as you like but who are perhaps just not good enough for this level.
“Going down would be the over-egging of the Marcelo Bielsa pudding coming back to haunt them.”
Based on the fact that Everton have a game in hand and Leeds have the toughest fixtures left, there’s a good chance that Marsch’s men will be going down to the Championship.
And if you add to the fact that Adam Forshaw and Stuart Dallas – two of the best players at Leeds this season – are now out of the last four games, the Whites’ odds have worsened.
It’s amazing that Leeds are in this position now because before they played Manchester City on Saturday, they were on a five-match unbeaten run and had picked up a few good wins against relegation rivals.
However, we may have underestimated the fact that Burnley and Everton had games in hand, plus the fact that both have squads either filled with talented players or with players who have been here in this position before.
Leeds did so well last season that none of these players have really been in a Premier League relegation battle before.
We also have a manager who’s not been in this position and a board that wasn’t able to invest in a January they really needed to push the boat out in.
There are many reasons why Leeds are in the position they are in.
It’s not solely down to Bielsa being sacked.
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