Leeds United are staring at three games against Burton Albion, Norwich City and Wigan Athletic that could very well add the gloss to the end of a memorable season. It is a season that has surpassed expectations, and one that could go further.
The Whites currently sit in 7th place in the Sky Bet Championship table, level on points with Fulham and just two points behind Sheffield Wednesday, with Fulham and Wednesday facing off against each other in the final game of the season.
Put simply, it is between these three sides for the final two play-off places with Huddersfield in fourth on 78 points and a game in hand looking in a stronger position to maintain a place in the top six.
Leeds United fans have been postulating what permutations would gain them a vital play-off place but it all boils down to simplicity really – win all what you have and let the others worry about what it is that they are doing.
Leeds United fan Russell Crowe, he of Maximus Decimus Meridius fame, knows this and tweeted as much yesterday.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 19, 2017
This rallying call, whilst not as strong and powerfully delivered as Meridius’ speech to Commodus in Gladiator, did gain some groundswell on Twitter with many Leeds United fans feeling the resonance of Crowe’s words. It also drew a reply from none other than Garry Monk himself, via Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Lee Sobot.
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) April 20, 2017
Other quotes from Garry Monk’s pre-Burton Albion press conference
On players coming back into contention and those that are unavailable.
The news that youngster Ronaldo Vieira will be available for Saturday, after a bout of tonsillitis apparently, will be welcoming news for worried Whites fans who have seen their midfield lose much of its punch over the last couple of games. Vieira gives Leeds that injection of youthful exuberance and powerful potential with his bustling, yet skilful displays in midfield.
Monk also visited the topic of what is needed to gain the play-offs this season – the famed ‘three from three’ coming in to play somewhat.
Monk is right that 73 points would have been enough to hit 6th place and the final play-off place in previous years, 74 points is the current average for achieving 6th place over the last 17 Championship seasons. It will definitely be a challenge that Leeds United need to rise to, something that Garry Monk said the fans could play a part in.