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.

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Cynicism turned to optimism but without the woop woops and ringing bells. Leeds United supporter through thick and thin, more thin than anything recently. Write mainly about the Whites but turn my hand to other clubs. Lover of salted crisp sandwiches. Not a hipster.

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