Leeds United have been described as “one of the best teams in the league” by Hull City manager Grant McCann, who is anticipating a “very, very tough game” when the Whites of Marcelo Bielsa come to town.
The Elland Road side has won their last three Championship games by one goal to nil, putting an end to the poor form which affected the Whites at the turn of the year, and at present, Bielsa’s charges sit five points clear of third-placed Fulham.
Up next for Leeds is Saturday’s early kickoff at Hull, a side nervously looking over their shoulders, with just a four-point gap between themselves and the bottom three following a severe downturn in form.
The Tigers have not won in their last nine matches, with seven defeats and just two draws in that time, and two of their best players this season – Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki – left the club in January.
As such, it’ll be a tall order for Hull, and McCann has issued a rallying call in a bid to galvanise his ailing troops ahead of Leeds coming to the KCOM Stadium.
“As a group – staff and players – we’re going to fight and give it everything we’ve got to try and find that win that will kickstart our season – the sooner the better,” McCann told the official Hull website.
“We’ve got a very, very tough game on Saturday. One of the best teams in the league are coming here. We need to roll our sleeves up now, (the players need to) do it for themselves, do it for their families, do it for this football club. They need to start taking responsibility and that’s everyone.”
McCann’s words sound very much like a call to (metaphorical) arms for a team which is effectively freefalling towards relegation, and has seen their arsenal severely reduced after losing two of their big guns in January.
Leeds will need to be careful as they will be up against a side which is going to battle fiercely, and bearing in mind the Whites have found themselves on the receiving end of some poor results this season, nothing should be taken for granted.