"Level of expectation on Leeds isn’t fair", says former Leeds midfielder

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 11:29am

By Ali McDowall

Love Sport presenter David Prutton believes the expectation of consistency on Leeds can be inhumane.

Leeds have started to stumble yet again in the Championship as their form has started to dip at such a crucial passage of the season. 

Last night’s 1-1 draw with Brentford means that it is 1 win from 6 for Marco Bielsa’s side and the hunting pack are right on their tails with Fulham only a point behind them with a game in hand. 

This most recent stutter has brought back painful memories of last year where a slump in form at the tailend of the season derailed their promotion push entirely as they first fell short of automatic promotion and subsequently went out in the play-off semi-final with a heartbreaking defeat to Frank Lampard’s Derby County. 

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Speaking to Posh Boys on Love Sport Radio, ex-Leeds United midfielder David Prutton claimed the constant pressure put on Leeds to perform is sometimes unwarranted.

“I think it would be, inhumane is probably the wrong word, but to expect that level of consistency sometimes isn’t fair. 

"Yes, in the first half of the season, the opening 20, 21 games, defensively and creatively they were very good and the last 10 it’s been nowhere near it.

“But you know what Marco Bielsa’s like, he’s very hard working, doesn’t leave anything to chance but there’s got to be a fine balance with that because we are talking about human beings, we’re not talking about machines; We’re not talking about players that can go every single day full throttle.”

Despite the rough patch, Prutton insists that United are not doomed to fall short of promotion again this season and that they are capable of rediscovering the form necessary to bring the West-Yorkshire club back to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

“Where Leeds are now given the goal difference and how it is, yes it’s doom and gloom but basically if you ask Leeds to do the same again that they’ve done for the opening 15 games they’ll get promoted.

“Obviously, that’s extremely simplistic to sit there to watch and say just do that again but they managed to get themselves through games. Yes, at times they were wonderful and expansive but more often than not they were making sure the points were on the board. 

“You’d like to think that if you have come to a sticky patch then 15 games is enough time.”

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