Stewart Downing shares 'awful' Leeds United view in relegation prediction
Stewart Downing has outlined “awful” injury concerns for Leeds United amid their battle to remain in the Premier League next season.
The Whites sit just two points above Everton – who have a game in hand on them and Burnley – on 34 points with four games left to play.
Despite listing a catalogue of “big players” that are absent for the Elland Road outfit, the former Middlesbrough man has tipped Jesse Marsch’s side to be safe whilst the Toffees are relegated.
He told Sky Sports’ The Football Show [May 6: 11:40]: “Injuries worry me for them, Stuart Dallas’ was an awful one on the weekend and he is an important player for them.
“[Adam] Forshaw has come back into good form and they will lose him now until the end of the season.
“Patrick Bamford, the man you look to for goals – who is going to get the goals?
“They are losing starting players; they aren’t squad players they are big players for them.
“Did surprise me because I thought Jesse Marsch was getting them together, but one or two losses and you are straight back in that pack again.”
He added: “I’d like to see Leeds stay up so I’m going to go with Everton. I think Everton will go.”
Leeds have suffered from injuries all season long – they have absolutely plagued the squad which has left it looking a shadow of what the supporters know it can be.
This season has been like no other in terms of injuries and whilst that – along with his inability to change the system – was the defining factor in seeing Marcelo Bielsa sacked – the Argentine was part of the problem according to Marsch.
Yet months after his departure, the injuries keep on coming but this time around they are freak bone injuries such as Forshaw’s broken kneecap or Dallas’ femoral fracture.
The Whites certainly could have done with two of this season’s best performers being out injured with four crucial games to play from now until the end of the season.
Marsch’s side is probably the favourites to go down given their form in comparison to Everton and Burnley, the games they have left to play and most importantly their goal difference as they sit level on points with the Clarets.
They need to be faultless from now until the end of the season and hope their rivals aren’t.
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