Leeds United ace Mateusz Klich has claimed that the Whites camp began doubting the possibility of promotion several weeks ago in the midst of their downturn in form.
However, the Whites midfielder – in conversation with Polish outlet Newonce Sport – says the doubts have gone in wake of the team’s return to form, and optimism is high again.
At present, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds are second in the table, five points clear of third-placed Fulham after 35 games played.
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.
However, Leeds and West Brom were streets ahead earlier this season, and when they played out their 1-1 draw on New Year’s Day, they were both nine points clear of third place.
As a result, plenty of alarm bells rang amongst the fanbase during the downturn in form.
They had witnessed a similar turn of events last season, which culminated in a drop into the playoffs and a semi-final defeat.
“We had a great start to the season, but we fell into a hole and there were whispers – ‘oho, it starts again, it will fail again’.
“So if you asked me three weeks ago if we would play in the Premier League, I would say that the atmosphere is such that there will be no promotion.
“But now I see that faith has returned. We are on the wave again, we are playing well again. So I really hope it works out.”
Klich’s comments are no surprise – when a downturn in form strikes, confidence is drained in every aspect of the club, from the players and staff to the fans and pundits.
Given how Leeds have dragged themselves out of their slump and into a three-match winning run complete with clean sheets, it seems as though the harsh lessons of last year, have been learned.
The pressure will now be cranked up further as the season edges into the home straight, but at least with a five-point gap to third, there is a little bit of a safety net.