After the highs of the previous season for Leeds United, the 2021-22 season has started on a slow note for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. They are without a win so far in the Premier League this season and there’s plenty of work to do for the Yorkshire-based club.
Here are the major talking points from the start of the season for the Whites.
WINLESS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
Leeds United have had a tricky start to the Premier League campaign as the Whites have failed to register even a single win from the six matches played so far. They had tough opening fixtures, as they have already lined up against Manchester United, Everton, West Ham United and Liverpool in the first six games.
They have managed three draws from these six games but Bielsa and company would be desperate to get the first three points of the season soon.
INJURIES TO KEY PERSONNEL
Just like the previous season, Leeds are missing some of their key defenders in the early part of the season. First team centre-backs Diego Llorente and Robin Koch are out injured, yet again. These injuries have left Bielsa short of options at the centre-back position. The suspension to Pascal Struijk hasn’t helped as well. Star striker Patrick Bamford is also out with a minor knock and the team is short of players in key positions currently.
EFL CUP CAMPAIGN
The only positive this season for Leeds has been their progression to the EFL Cup Round of 16. They beat Crewe Alexandre in the second round of the EFL Cup at home, 3-0. They had Fulham next up in the third round and the match went right to the wire. 90 minutes weren’t enough to separate the two teams and it needed a heroic performance from Leeds’ young French keeper, Illan Meslier in the penalty shootout to get Leeds to the round of 16 stage.
They now have a tough away trip to London to face Arsenal in the round of 16 clash. London trips under Bielsa have always been tricky in the past and they’d be hoping for a change of fortunes in this particular match to book a place in the quarter-final of the competition.
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