Opinion: Leeds United make the Premier League a better place

Matthew Chivers November 3, 2020
Opinion: Leeds United make the Premier League a better place
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Leeds United were well-beaten by Leicester at Elland Road last night as Brendan Rodgers’ side built on their impressive win at Arsenal.

Normally, if you’re beaten 4-1 at home, the performance is met by blasts of negativity and a major inquest.

But things are different when it comes to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds because, as we’ve seen, they are just as capable of stand-out performances as bad ones.

Inconsistent, but exciting

So far this season Leeds have won three and lost three Premier League games, with a solitary draw against Manchester City.

Last weekend against an in-form Aston Villa at Villa Park, Leeds took apart their opponents, winning 3-0 with a hat-trick from Patrick Bamford.

The contrast between their last two performances is evidence of their inconsistency, but this unpredictability is eye-catching for the neutral.

Since Bielsa became coach in 2018, Leeds have played with confidence and freedom – and this was clear last weekend.

Bielsa’s studious manner on the touchline and in his coaching style has made him a popular figure among pundits and fans alike.

Scoring and conceding goals

Leeds have scored 13 goals in seven league games but have also conceded 13.

The contrast in Leeds’ performances is arguably personified by striker Patrick Bamford, who has six Premier League goals this season.

The Englishman has performed decisively, scoring the winner against Sheffield United and that stunning hat-trick against Aston Villa.

However, in games against Wolves and Leicester he appeared to be well short of the standards he has reached before.

But, as you can’t expect Leeds to win every game, you can’t expect Bamford to score in every game either.

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Against Liverpool and Manchester City, Leeds scored a total of four goals. But against supposed lesser teams Sheffield United, Wolves and Leicester, they only managed only two across the three games.

The contrast between their highest highs and lowest lows make Leeds an intriguing prospect in the Premier League – and one that’s always worth watching.

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Graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2019, and has since become a qualified NCTJ journalist, studying at News Associates in Manchester.