'Worrying' - Chris Sutton makes Leeds relegation prediction
Chris Sutton has made his prediction on whether or not Leeds will get relegated, and pointed out his big worry with the team while talking to Daily Mail.
The Whites claimed a huge 95th minute winner against Norwich on Sunday to give themselves some breathing room in the Premier League relegation race, now four points above the drop zone.
But while the team have a tendency to concede ‘soft’ goals according to Sutton, he thinks they have enough firepower in attack to win games and ultimately finish in 16th place to stay in the Premier League.
“The scenes at the end of Sunday’s game at Elland Road really were something,” he said.
“When you strip it all back, they worryingly relied on a 94th-minute winner to beat a struggling Norwich side at home. But ultimately, they secured three priceless points.
“Jesse Marsch is full on, authentic, up front, and fans can get on board with that. It’s good for Leeds that Patrick Bamford is back.
“He looked a little rusty against Norwich but that was only natural for his first start since September. With Bamford, there’s Raphinha, Daniel James, Joe Gelhardt and more.
“Leeds are well stocked in attackers who can score the goals they need to win them games, unlike some of their rivals.
“They’ve got the worst defence in the Premier League. It’s now 104 days since Leeds last kept a clean sheet and that was in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on November 30, back when life without Marcelo Bielsa wasn’t even a consideration. They concede soft goals, Leeds.
“Even at 2-1 against Norwich, Teemu Pukki should have scored at the death after being set up by his goalkeeper Tim Krul. That summed Leeds up, which is worrying.”
For the first time in a while, there is hope among Leeds fans that they could get out of this torrid season still a Premier League side.
The fans refused to turn on Bielsa during his tenure, but nine defeats in 12 games certainly had them worried about their top flight status, then consecutive losses in Marsch’s first games made things worse.
Now however, after a huge win against a relegation rival, there is light at the end of the tunnel and a genuine good feeling around the club once again.
Sutton makes a fair point that the team are conceding far too many goals of the ‘soft’ variety, but he balances it well by stating they have plenty of goals in their side.
Despite struggles this season, the imminent return to action for Kalvin Phillips as well as Bamford beginning to build fitness again will allow for better performances and hopefully safety come the end of the campaign.