By Jack Cunningham

13th Oct, 2021 | 9:10pm

Tony Dorigo thinks that people had too high expectations of Leeds United this season

Tony Dorigo believes some people had too high expectations for his former club Leeds United this season.

Writing in his column in the Yorkshire Evening Post, the BT Sport pundit thinks that finishing ninth last season was a little bit of a curse for the Whites because it raised expectations.

He seems to believe that some people were perhaps hoping for Marcelo Bielsa’s side to challenge further up the league.

He said: “To play so well in that first season was good and bad. It was an incredible season, and the boys performed remarkably well, but it set the bar just a little too high for lots of reasons.

“Every other side is improving and investing as well, we spent close to £100m in that first summer, and that was never going to happen again this summer.

“You think ‘right ninth last season, it must be seventh this season’, but that should never have been the thinking.”

Dorigo makes an interesting point.

Leeds managed to bring in four first-team players in the last transfer window, though only Dan James, Jack Harrison, and Junior Firpo have played regularly.

Kristoffer Klaesson has barely played, and hasn’t played in the Premier League.

So, on the face of it, the Whites didn’t strengthen the squad that much, but we actually think that they made some clever signings in key areas of the pitch.

Yes, they haven’t had a great start to the season, but they have also had a lot of injuries to key players.

You would think that once some of those return, then perhaps the Whites will improve and push up the league.

However, finishing in the top ten, never mind the top seven, could be a lot harder this season.

West Ham and Everton appear to be very strong, while the likes of Brighton and Crystal Palace also seem to be a lot better.

So, Dorigo could be right about expectations, and it is probably time for some Leeds fans to reconsider what is possible for the team this season.

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