Last home game for senior stars: Three things learned about Leeds in thriller v Norwich
By Matt Farr
Football Insider analyses three of the main talking points from Leeds’ thrilling 3-3 draw to Norwich in the Championship on Saturday.
A first-half display underserved for the fans
Leeds fans were dreaming of a potential return to the Premier League only a matter of weeks ago, only for an end of season collapse to leave their promotion hopes on the brink. They had won just one of their last six league games prior to the Norwich clash, and required a win at Elland Road to remain in the promotion race. Leeds have often showed great character to bounce back after a defeat this season, but it was not a similar story on Saturday – at least in the first half. For Leeds fans to see their side capitulate defensively in the first-half was far from what they deserved for their endless support over the course of the season. They have rarely failed to give their all on the sidelines, and with so much at stake on Saturday, the players took their time before they did thesame. The second-half was a significant improvement, but it was too little too late to snatch a victory.
Last home game for senior duo
The draw sees Leeds out of the promotion race, and condemned to another year in the Championship, and that could have major ramifications for the club. Not only would their late disappointment prove damaging to morale, they could lose some of their stars to other clubs. Their impressive performances over the course of the season have caught the eye, and a number of Premier League sides could now be looking to steal away their players this summer as a result. Among those will likely be Chris Wood, who has scored 29 goals across all competitions this season. He has almost singlehandedly carried Leeds’ promotion charge with his efforts in front goal, but he could well have played his final home game for the club. Charlie Taylor, meanwhile, who remained an unused substitute, is out of contract at the end of the season, and looks likely to quit the club with no fresh terms on the table.
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26-year-old must be a regular starter
Eunan O’Kane gave a terrific central midfield display for Leeds, despite the scoreline, proving his worth to Garry Monk. The 26-year-old has not featured in any of Leeds’ last six Championship games, but was recalled to the starting eleven in place of Kalvin Phillips to face Norwich. His passing was excellent, and he was the driving force for Leeds as they attempted to pull-off a stunning second-half comeback. Overall, it was a very pleasing display from O’Kane, and Monk must start him next week against Wigan, albeit for the start of next season.
In other Leeds news, Football Insider has rated the players in the draw.