Date: 29th July 2019 at 1:34pm
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This time last year Leeds were about to embark on an incredible start to the Championship season which would see them go unbeaten for their first eight league games.

During this run, the Whites would dismantle eventual league champions Norwich City, and eventual playoff finalists Derby County.

The confidence gained from Leeds’ fast start last term certainly gave them a great jumpstart to their season, but the Whites seem set up to start slowly this time around.

They’ve got injuries to key players such as last season’s top scorer Kemar Roofe and first-choice right-back Luke Ayling is also ruled out of the opening few games.

Suspensions will also be a minor issue as Gaetano Berardi still has to see out his one-game ban after being sent off in the playoff semi-final second leg against Derby.

The players that aren’t injured have suffered through a tougher training regime from Bielsa, and there have also been complaints about the fatigue caused by travelling as both Adam Forshaw and Patrick Bamford have brought up these issues.

There is also an argument to be made that Bielsa’s squad is in fact weaker than it was last season.

They’ve only brought in two new faces to the senior squad with Ben White and Helder Costa arriving, but the sale of Pontus Jansson to Brentford has seen them lose a defender who made it into the division’s Team of the Year and replace him with a man who’s never played above League One level.

Last season, Leeds’ fast start acted as a launchpad for their promotion push, but this term it’s tough to see the Whites having so much success in the opening few weeks.

The problems that plagued the Yorkshire outfit towards the end of last season, such as injuries and a lack of depth are now evident from the off.

Leeds were ninth in the form table from New Year’s Day onwards last season, and with none of their key issues being addressed, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise if they’re slow out of the blocks this term.

 

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