What Must Leeds Do To Ensure Promotion This Season?
18 Feb 2020 12:30 pm, by YorkshireSquare
The Championship is reaching the business end of the season, and once again, Leeds United’s promotion challenge has hit the buffers. Just like last season, the Whites have seen a damaging festive period, and it has left their promotion hopes up in the air. The poor form that Leeds suffered over the festive period was helped by West Brom’s inability to find momentum too. However, the West Midlands club have rediscovered their touch, and that has led to a gap opening up between them and the rest of the division. Leeds must now rediscover their momentum. Otherwise, the door could be opened for Brentford or Fulham to pounce.
Momentum Is Crucial
Consistency is crucial in the Championship. It is the biggest difference between a side being able to challenge for promotion, or having to make do with a spot in the playoffs. Neither Leeds or West Brom have really had consistency throughout the season, which means the Whites still have a chance of topping the league if they can pull back the four points between the two sides.
The crucial difference between the two sides at the top of the Championship this season has been the difficulty of beating West Brom. The Baggies have only lost four league games this term. The majority of their dropped points have come in the form of draws. Meanwhile, Leeds just need to avoid losing so often to claw their way back into the title challenge. Defensively, Leeds have been solid this campaign, but their problems further up the field will need to be eradicated.
West Brom have scored eleven more goals this season than Leeds, and the Whites haven’t been helped by the stuttering goalscoring records of their strikers. Patrick Bamford’s form throughout the season has left much to be desired as he has just recorded 12 goals in 32 games. However, he is the only player to have scored double-digits this season.
The next highest scorer is Ezgjan Allioski, who has scored five goals this season. Leeds’ chances of promotion have certainly increased after the winter transfer window as they were able to bring in the high-quality striker that they desperately needed.
The club were able to bring in Jean-Kevin Augustin in the transfer window, and the 22-year-old could play a pivotal role between now and the end of the season. The forward replaces Nkietah, who ended his loan and returned to Arsenal. Nkietah scored 3 goals for Leeds in 17 appearances.
What Does Augustin Bring?
The striker was one of the most touted loan signings around in the winter, but Leeds were able to stave off a lot of competition to secure his services. He had spent the first half of the season on loan at Monaco, but that tenure was cut short after a lack of first-team opportunities.
Once he returned to RB Leipzig, Leeds made their move. His pace will cause nightmares for opposing defenders, as unlike Bamford, he prefers to play on the shoulder. It gives Marcelo Bielsa a new option, and that could never be a bad thing.
Last season, he played 17 games in the Bundesliga for Leipzig, and he scored three goals. That was lower than his tally of nine in the previous season, but in that campaign, he also recorded five assists, which means he can add a new threat to the whole of the attacking line. The striker has already represented the French U21 side, and his potential still promises to be high.
After the announcement of the signing, Leeds United’s odds to win promotion within most betting apps from BestAppBet.com did not change. They remain one of the favourites in the market to achieve a return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.