Ray Parlour tips 'fantastic' Leeds United to finish mid-table this season
Former Arsenal midfielder and Talksport pundit, Ray Parlour, believes that Leeds United can overcome their poor start to the season and finish mid-table.
Leeds have failed to win a game this season as yet, with two draws from their opening four games and 11 goals already conceded. It’s led to some concern from certain sections of Elland Road as to whether the dreaded ‘second season syndrome’ might have set in.
But tonight’s trip to Newcastle could be the ideal for the Whites to get back to winning ways. And speaking on Talksport earlier today, Parlour believes a mid-table finish is still well within Leeds’ grasp.
Parlour backs Leeds to turn it around
Leeds finished in ninth place last season on their return to the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa. Their football was seen – by some – as a breath of fresh air.
And Parlour believes that will be enough to see the Whites through this season.
“I think they’ll be mid-table. I think there’ll be no problem. I love the way Leeds play, the intensity. And I don’t think they’ll change,” Parlour said.
“I think Bielsa is the sort of guy who says we’re gunna stick to our principles. What they did last season was fantastic. If you’re going to watch a neutral team, Leeds will be one of the teams. It’s great to watch.
“I think Leeds (this season) will be no problem. It’s then about that next step for them. Can they push for the top six? Can they get into Europe?”.
TBR’s View: Leeds can be fine, but must start to defend better
There were signs of this last season with Leeds. At times, they simply don’t look up to it when it comes to defending. Of course, they’ve been unlucky with injuries to likes of Diego Llorente and Robin Koch.
Parlour, then, is probably right in his assessment here. But Leeds must sort out their defensive frailties in order for him to be correct.
If they can’t, then Leeds could face an uncomfortable season.