With a largely bright start to the 2019/20 Championship campaign, the expectation around Leeds United this season has always been promotion or bust and that pretty much goes for the fans as well as the wise old pundits in the game.
Going into this weekend’s clash with Derby County, given everything else that surrounds that particular match after the 2018/19 campaign, Leeds sit comfortably at the top of the table, joint on points with Swansea City with just seven matches played.
Former Leeds United full-back Danny Mills has continued his steps into the media this season and he’s clearly, supremely confident, that manager Marcelo Bielsa will see his side surpass last season’s disappointment, as he’s stated that anyone who finished above the side this season will gain promotion into the Premier League.
Speaking to Talksport this week (via Leeds Live), he said in relation to the Barnsley victory.
“I was concerned. It looked like another one of those Leeds game where they were going to dominate possession and create lots of chances. They did ride their luck at time and I think Barnsley had a real go. It was a little bit feisty but in the end, they managed to get those goals. Eddie Nketiah coming off the bench.”
Tellingly, he went on to add.
“If you finish above Leeds, you get automatic promotion. I think Leeds are the best side in the Championship. They have improved their squad on last season but they have to go out there and prove it. It’s all right being the best squad on paper but they have to prove it week in and week out. They have got to start putting the ball in the back of the net a little bit easier. They haven’t done that a few times this season, against Swansea and Forest. They have come a cropper with silly little mistakes but they have to put games to bed quicker.”
If we can see games out a little bit more comfortably – although fans should be aware we have a 9 goal difference and without checking, it feels like we’re putting more sides to the sword so far as opposed to a raft on 1-0 scorelines – it’s understandable as to why Mills feels that.
I’m sure a good section of the Elland Road faithful will as well, as the Play-Offs have to be the minimum, but we are again looking at the automatic spots.