Three reasons why Leeds won’t get promoted this season
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Here, Football Insider looks at the three reasons as to why Leeds won’t earn promotion to the Premier League this season.
Garry Monk will need more than one season
Following Leeds’ relegation from the Premier League in 2003/04, the Yorkshire giants have had some troubled years in the lower divisions of English football. Visits to League One and constant troubles in the Championship now seem to be in the past. They are now rightfully challenging for promotion, but manager Garry Monk will lead more than one season to change their fortunes around. One thing that will be required at Elland Road, in particular from owners, is patience. If the former Swansea boss can be given this then the Whites hopes of reaching the top-flight can come true in the coming seasons.
One aspect of the job Monk should be applauded for is the manner in which he has guided the club into the top six. He has not gone out and spent big money on big players, but used the academy and his young squad to the best of his ability. The likes of Charlie Taylor, Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira have shone this term, but these youngsters will need time to showcase their full talent. Just like Monk, these players will need time to help the club make a return to the Premier League.
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The likes of Newcastle, Brighton, Derby and Aston Villa are either in a stronger financial position than Leeds or have much tougher squads. Monk’s side are currently sitting in the top six, but over the course of the season, this will affect them. Additionally, these teams and those in the top-tier have the spending power to lure away their best players in January, so that is another disadvantage towards the Yorkshire club. All in all, this will be a successful campaign for the Whites, but in the end, it will be a learning curve, but like Brighton, numerous years challenging at the top, with stability, will result in them dominating and looking head and shoulders above the rest in the future.
In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson has posted this three-word verdict after the win against Rotherham.