Nottingham Forest ace Joe Lolley has suggested that Leeds United’s loss of form in the Championship has surprised him, as told to the EFL podcast.
The Whites enjoyed a superb first half of the season, establishing a healthy lead in the top two along with West Bromwich Albion.
However, Leeds have stumbled in the past few weeks, and at present sit four points behind the Baggies, while third-placed Fulham are just three points behind the Elland Road side.
Lolley’s Forest, meanwhile, have surged into promotion contention, themselves just one point behind the Cottagers.
“Realistically, I wasn’t really concentrating on their results,” said Lolley. “Especially early on, you don’t really look at (other) results too much.
“Once you go 11 points clear, with two teams of their quality, you don’t expect them to keep dropping points which they had done.
“It’s brilliant for the likes of us and other teams around us, and we put a very strong run together as well and put ourselves right back up there… so it makes for a pretty exciting end.”
If there’s one thing the Championship – and indeed, the whole of the EFL – has shown over the years, it’s that competition within each league is fierce, and with a mammoth 46 games to contest, a lot can happen in terms of movement up and down the table.
While Leeds have shown they are a top side, this season’s downturn in form after Christmas echoes last season’s failed promotion bid, the Whites slipping out of the top two amid fierce competition from Norwich City and Sheffield United.
Likewise, Fulham and Aston Villa surged into playoff contention seemingly out of nowhere the last two seasons, made it into the top six and were subsequently promoted into the Premier League.
A pretty exciting end indeed – and with just 15 points separating first from 11th after 33 games played, a lot can and surely will happen by the time the final whistle is blown on game 46.