Whelan issues 'massive' Leeds United claim ahead of Bournemouth showdown
Noel Whelan has claimed staying out of the bottom three for the mid-season World Cup break would give the Leeds United players a “psychological” boost.
The former Whites striker and club ambassador, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Jesse Marsch could get his sides’ season “back on track” with a win over Bournemouth on Saturday (5 November).
Leeds United lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with a last-gasp win over Liverpool last week (29 October).
Prior to the Anfield victory, the Whites’ last three points came against Chelsea back on 21 August.
Marsch’s side now sit 15th in the table on 12 points – and could lift themselves as high as 11th with a win over the Cherries if results elsewhere go their way.
Whelan claimed back-to-back wins would help the Elland Road club head into the World Cup with a “positive, confident atmosphere”.
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He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “When you’re going into any significant break in fixtures, you don’t want to be in the bottom three.
“You don’t want to be looking at the table and seeing that during a long break – it looks bad.
“Psychologically the players will be in a healthier place if they can look at the table and not feel that pressure.
“But it’s important we finish strongly. The next two games are massive.
“If we can get the three points against Bournemouth, I think that would put everything back on track. We’d be around the points tally we would have expected to get.
“It would help us go into the break with a positive, confident atmosphere.”