Stuart Dallas believes Leeds could have made Europe had results gone their way
Stuart Dallas believes Leeds United would have qualified for Europe next season had certain results gone their way.
Setting the Premier League alight
Leeds had a stunning season in their first Premier League campaign in 16 years. The Elland Road side finished 9th in the standings, just one place below Arsenal and three points off Tottenham, who qualified for the UEFA Europa Conference League.
Bielsa’s side played electric football that made Leeds a favourite with neutrals.
And some of their results against the big teams in the Premier League were stunning to behold. Particularly a 2-1 win over Manchester City, which was followed up by impressive draws against Liverpool and Manchester United.
‘We could have been knocking on the door’
Yet losses to the likes of Brighton, Crystal Palace and Wolves denied Leeds from finishing higher than ninth.
And for Dallas, these results were what stopped the Yorkshire side from qualifying for Europe.
The versatile Leeds star said: “We narrowly missed out on Europe. If a couple results went our way during the season, we could have been knocking on the door. [But it was] a huge success to finish in the top ten.”
Smart recruitment could push Leeds over the line next season
Not many would have expected Leeds to finish as high as they did in the final Premier League table or to finish the season as strongly as they did. Yet Bielsa’s side blew every expectation out of the water, and for 2021/22, they can go one step further.
Intelligent signings in the right areas of the squad could be what pushes Leeds into the European conversation next season. And if Bielsa remains with the club for a fourth year, the Yorkshire side will have all the elements needed to make another statement in the Premier League.
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