From an inglorious start to their 2016/17 Championship campaign, Leeds United came alive. A 26-game streak, over 142 days, saw them to be a play-off threat.
However, end of season jitters, a run of poor performances saw the Whites drop out of the play-off places and end the season in a creditable, yet disappointing seventh position. Their crumbling led to many away fans singing in unison that “Leeds, Leeds are falling apart…again!”
From more than enough seasons of mid-table and slightly better mediocrity, the Whites had managed to raise both their games and the fans’ hopes that improvement was on the way, that last season was a stable platform from which to springboard into action this season.
Monk went, chasing the Middlesbrough dollar and he in turn has gone too – sacked by the Teesside outfit after not being able to match up to expectations. Leeds United brought in the unheralded Thomas Christiansen, and rollercoaster half-season has seen the Whites enter today’s game against Ipswich just outside the playoffs in a familiar 7th position.
The game against the Tractor Boys came after a disappointing, and last-gasp, 2-1 loss against Newport County in the FA Cup Third Round. Against Ipswich the game finished 1-0, leaving the Whites in 7th position in the table on one worse goal difference than Sheffield Wednesday.
Sparkling in the early part of this campaign, a dip of dreadful form in the middle of the 2017, and a pick up in December typifies Leeds United’s season so far. But is that really enough to sustain a challenge for the play-offs and beyond?
On the following page are three reasons why I think that Leeds United won’t sustain a play-off charge towards promotion.