Leeds United’s Destiny is in its Own Hands
There are only nine games remaining in the Championship and Leeds United are, for once, in control of their own destiny when it comes to gaining promotion to the promised land, otherwise known as the Premier League.
I’ve been a Leeds fan for almost 30-years and have experienced the ups and down featured in Marching On Together, although I don’t recall ever being as nervous as I am right now. Things looked great under Garry Monk before the old Leeds are falling apart again came true and we didn’t even finish in the playoffs.
Then Thomas Christiansen, who seemed like a nice bloke, lost the plot and we turned to shit. Now we have King Bielsa at the helm and we actually look like a team capable of promotion.
We’re Leeds United We’re (Almost) Top of the League
As I type away with Storm Gareth blowing a gale outside, Leeds find themselves second in the Championship, two points behind leaders Norwich and two points ahead of third-placed Sheffield United. The other chasing teams are probably out of the running unless one of the top three has a spectacular fall from grace.
The lunchtime kickoff on Saturday against Sheffield United is our biggest game for 15-years. A win won’t secure promotion, but it will put a five-point gap between us and third-place with eight games remaining and all eight of those games being winnable.
I thought we’d gone some way to blow our chances when we didn’t turn up at QPR and fell to a 1-0 defeat. The press, who love to try damage Leeds whenever they have the opportunity, wrote about how tired the Leeds players looked and how Bielsa’s teams always fade in the second half of the season due to the sheer workrate he expects of his players.
With how shit we were, I tended to agree.
A Scintillating Performance
A home game against West Brom followed, a team we lost 4-1 to on our travels, and I must admit I was not full of confidence. I said to my eldest lad that we would either be excellent or we’d be smashed around Elland Road and that I hoped the crowd would be behind the boys after a lacklustre support in the 2-1 over Bolton a week previous.
Fuck me! We were excellent. A goal after a few seconds set the tone and West Brom couldn’t get near us for the entire 90-minutes. Patrick Bamford looked every bit a Premier League standard striker with some sublime touches and runs. Sometimes 4-0 scorelines can flatter teams, but not us. We were immense and it was the kind of response we needed after the QPR defeat.
Many Leeds fans expected a slip up away to Bristol City yet we managed to return home with all three points after a 1-0 win. Three days later, we played Reading off the park and battered them 3-0 in a game that we could and probably should have had six or seven; Reading were fucking awful to say the least.
As mentioned, Saturday’s game is huge and will have a major influence over who gains automatic promotion this season. We’re in decent form but so are Sheff United who are unbeaten in nine (W7 D2) having scored 17 goals and conceded five and not leaking a goal in their last six games, although they have played some piles of shit during those games, teams with the attacking qualities of a quiche.
The Blades will definitely be up for the fight but so will our boys. Pontus Jansson has asked fans to get to the ground early and build an atmosphere. We need to Elland Road faithful to be even louder and ferocious than they were against West Brom because I can’t stress enough how big this game is.
Premier League football is within touching distance and our destiny is in our own hands. Come on boys, make the most of this opportunity and become legitimate heroes in the eyes of every Leeds United fan around the world.