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SEASON REVIEW: Timeline of a successful Leeds United season

SEASON REVIEW: Timeline of a successful Leeds United season

It’s been a successful Leeds United season, finishing 9th in their first campaign back in the Premier League since 2004.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have impressed with attacking football and have achieved a top-half finish, securing some stunning scalps along the way.

Leeds made more tackles than any other team which demonstrates their intense style whilst they also scored more goals from outside the box than anyone else and netted three goals or more in 10 of their 38 games.

We look at a timeline of a successful Leeds United season in the Premier League.

 

Here to play

 

12th September: Leeds United announce themselves in the Premier League by taking 2019/20 champions Liverpool all the way at Anfield. They lost 4-3 but impressed with their attacking intent.

19th September: A second consecutive seven goal thriller to start the season as Leeds beat Fulham 4-3 with Helder Costa bagging a brace. Leeds’ first two games had produced more goals than any side’s first two matches in a top-flight season since Wolves in 1962-63.

 

Bamford impresses

 

27th September: A first Yorkshire derby in the Premier League since 2001 between Sheffield United and Leeds United was decided by a header by Patrick Bamford, who made it 3 goals in his first 3 games.

23rd October: The first real dominant performance by Leeds as they travelled to an Aston Villa side who had won their first four games and won 3-0 with that man Bamford bagging a brilliant hat-trick. Leeds rose to 3rd.

 

Disappointing run

 

7th November: Leeds felt hard done by when they visited Crystal Palace as a Bamford goal was ruled out by VAR. However, they were well short of their usual selves and Bielsa’s called it a ‘fair defeat’ as Palace won 4-1.

11th December: West Ham exposed a weakness at set-pieces as they came from behind to beat Leeds 2-1. It made it only one win in six games for Bielsa’s men and fell to 14th in the table.

 

Inconsistent Christmas

 

16th December: Five different players were on the scoresheet as Leeds put their bad run behind them by beating Newcastle United 5-2.

20th December: Unfortunately, this was followed up with a painful 6-2 defeat at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Leeds registered 17 attempts but it was the first time they’d conceded 4 goals in the first half in the Premier League.

29th December: Leeds got back on track against Burnley before travelling to the Hawthorns where they put West Brom to the sword, winning 5-0. Leeds sat 11th in the table and at the time their games had contained more goals than any other team in the league.

 

Battling the big boys

 

31st January: Leeds had thus far failed to get a victory against those towards the top of the league but travelled to 3rd place Leicester and showed brilliant character to come from behind to win 3-1 with Stuart Dallas, Bamford and Jack Harrison getting the goals.

14th February: Unfortunately, Leeds remained inconsistent throughout February and Bielsa had to concede ‘Arsenal prepared better’ as the Gunners beat Leeds 4-2 at The Emirates.

13th March: Leeds were involved in a rare 0-0 when they hosted Chelsea, who were on a 9 game unbeaten run as Leeds grabbed just their third draw of the season.

 

Strong finish

 

3rd April: Leeds secured the double over Sheffield United as Jack Harrison scored an opener before Ben Osborn equalised for the Blades. However, a Phil Jagielka gave Leeds all 3 points and put them into the top half.

10th April: Perhaps the highlight of the Leeds United season as they went to the home of champions-in-waiting Manchester City and took a first half lead through a Dallas strike from the edge of the box. Liam Cooper was then shown a red card in first half stoppage time. Leeds showed decent resilience in the second half but conceded an equaliser to Ferran Torres and would have been forgiven for trying to hang on for the draw. However, in the 91st minute Stuart Dallas stormed forward to latch onto a through ball and score a memorable winner as the game finished 2-1 to Leeds.

15th May: Leeds followed up an impressive win against Spurs by convincingly beating Burnley 4-0 with Rodrigo grabbing a superb late double, giving them an outside shot at European football.

23rd May: Leeds completed a memorable return to the Premier League in front of 8,000 supporters at Elland Road by putting West Bromwich Albion to the sword. Rodrigo, Kalvin Phillips and Bamford gave Leeds a 3-1 win to finish the season with 4 straight wins and only missed out on Europe by three points.

 

It has been a very successful Leeds United season back in the Premier League where they have shown they can compete at this level with the players at their disposal. The only issue may be whether manager Marcelo Bielsa stays, with the Argentine telling BT Sport after the West Brom game that, "I have a lot of gratitude for the moments I've been here and I'm very grateful. As soon as [my future is] resolved the club will announce it.”

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