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Leeds United: Premier League new boys

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Leeds United: Premier League new boys

The Championship side Leed United have been promoted to the Premier League after they last featured in the top flight 16 years ago.

Leeds United secured their 2020/2021 spot in the English topflight after second-placed West Brom 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town. While the team was also crowned champions of the 2019/2020 season.

The Yorkshire based club narrowly missed promotion last season after they lost 2 straight games, which left them fighting for a playoff spot. Unfortunately, they eventually lost 4-3 at the semifinal to rival Derby County.

A look at how Leeds united has transformed their self from a semifinal defeat to securing a premier League spot with games to spare. The team had changed managers yearly, from Uwe Rosler (2015), Steve Evans (2016), Garry Monk (2017) Thomas Christiansen (2018), Paul Heckingbottom (2018).

Marcelo Bielsa
Marcelo Bielsa “El Loco”

Leed United: “El Loco” The Manager.

On Friday 15th June 2018, the 65-year-old Argentine Marcelo Bielsa was signed to replace Paul Heckingbottom on an initial 2 years with an option to extend a further year. The Argentine is famed for his tactical grit, intensity, and no-nonsense approach with his player. Some parts of the press saw it has a gamble has the manager could barely put proper English sentences together.

Leeds United hopes El Loco’s wealth of experience would help the club find some sort of stability, having already parted ways with four managers.

Marcelo requested changes in the training ground forcing the club to make modifications to the training ground as a new swimming pool was built.

Has he prepared his player what was to come, he drilled them on the “hows, where and hows” of his favored  3-3-1-3 formation, which requires a lot of energy to execute.

Marcelo instantly made changes to training routines and demanded that player have beds on site to rest between long training hours. At the same time, he also got one for himself in his office.

The new manager’s tasking style led to Leeds United starting the 2018/2019 season on a bright note as they went on 4 games winning streak.

The Yorkshire club almost got promoted in his first season but was eliminated in the playoff stage by Derby.

The Leeds boss got into trouble in January when he was caught outside Derby training ground 24 hours before a match, the scandal quickly caused a lot of stir between the two clubs and was famously name “Spygate” as the team was fined £200,000 by the FA.

The Argentine is known to prefer a close group of players as he  says, “When a team wins regularly, no one is tired.”

Leads United: The Transfers

Bielsa orchestrated some the signing of player he wanted in his squad some loan transfer were made permanent like striker Patrick Bamford £7m and Helder Costa, Jean Kevin Augustine was signed from RB Leipzig for an undisclosed fee, while McCarron, Caprille were also signed for an undisclosed fee. Spanish goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, Ben white, Jack Harrison, Liam McCarron, illan Meslar, and Nketiah were all signed on loan.

Leeds United: The numbers behind the success

Following their near-miss 2018-2019 season, preparation was put in tip-top shape to ensure the 2018/19 had the result we all see today. Players were mostly drilled with PowerPoint presentations, video clips, and tactical positions.

In  2018/19 season, Leeds were able to 46 points at their home ground while they were only able to get 37 points on the road, with a 1.80 goal per game.

Patrick Bamford led the line for Leeds and scored a total of 16 goals while Pablo Henandez 9 goals and Klich 7 goal were the top goalscorers for the club.

The collected 50 points in all its home games while it improved its away record by collecting 43 points on the road. The team averaged 2.02 goals per game while it conceded 0.76 per game.

It was no stranger to Leeds United fan as their team went of several winning streaks. The team started the 2019/20 season with a five games streak with only one draw. Its longest for the season was a 6 game winning streak with only 2 goals conceded. Bielsa’s team lost only 1 match in 14 games with a notable win coming against Hull city 4-0 away from home.

Leeds player celebrating promotion
Leeds player celebrating promotion

Leeds United: What to expect.

As Leeds United fans celebrate their promotion back to the top flight after 16 years, some might say the game is not the same up there. Still, with Marcelo Bielsa in the driving seat, fans know they can expect the same intensity, grit, and passion from their team.

If rumors of marquee signing such as Zlatan, Cavani, or even star player Eberechi Eze from QPR is anything to listen to, then its music to ears of Leeds United fans as they cheer on their team.