Loads of Leeds United supporters have been sharing their fears that they may be witnessing a repeat of the scenes which blighted the Whites’ promotion bid in 2018/19.
Fears have been sparked among the Elland Road faithful after Marcelo Bielsa’s United fell to their first defeat of the league campaign on Saturday, when Swansea City were able to snatch all three points in the 90th minute thanks to a late Wayne Routledge strike.
Bielsa’s side had dominated proceedings throughout the fixture and started the game well with Mike van der Hoorn almost scoring an own goal following a wild cross by Stuart Dallas, before Ezgjan Alioski and Patrick Bamford saw chances go begging. Liam Cooper also had a welcoming opportunity to shatter the deadlock going into the break when his header rattled the crossbar, only to blast the rebound over the bar.
The second 45 minutes began in much of the same fashion, when Bamford sliced another effort wide of the post before Freddie Woodman denied Pablo Hernandez. Late substitute Eddie Nketiah was unable to deal any damage, either, after he fired over the bar before pressure by Woodman later saw the Arsenal loanee head wide of the goal frame.
The Whites’ range of chances ultimately proved costly when Routledge tucked a low effort into the back of Kiko Casilla’s net after Leeds failed to clear a corner approaching full-time, and the number of opportunities wasted by the hosts have caused concern among their fanbase.
Altogether, Bielsa’s side fashioned 21 shots on Woodman’s goal on Saturday, but only three of those were deemed to have been on target by statistics company WhoScored. Of the 18 chances missed, half were noted as being off target, while the others were blocked.
Wasting chances ultimately blighted the West Yorkshire side’s bid for promotion last season, as Kemar Roofe fashioned the most efforts on target for the Elland Road natives with 38, but the now-RSC Anderlecht hitman required 101 shots to achieve his tally.
A similar success rate was recorded by Pablo Hernandez (32 shots on target from 111 efforts), Mateusz Klich (29 from 88) and Patrick Bamford (24 from 68), and each of the trio are penning a similar story already this season.
Hernandez has two goals to his name this term but has required 19 shots, eight of which have been on target. Bamford, meanwhile, has four goals from eight shots on target, having attempted 22, and Klich is yet to score a league goal after 13 shots – the third-most by any Leeds player.
Naturally, then, there are some United supporters growing slightly concerned that a repeat of last season may be on the cards after the worrying display in front of goal against Swansea…
We couldn’t put the ball in the net last season which cost us and it is going to cost us again this season I think
— Steven James lufc (@StevenJ17054990) September 1, 2019
Only stat that matters is the first one. We lost the game because we had the same difficulty putting chances away as we did last season.
— Mob(Cap)Mentality (@M_C_Mentality) September 1, 2019
Shot accuracy is appalling
— Craig Bedford (@CBedford90) September 1, 2019
3 shots on target speaks volumes
— Jim P (@ParkinMr) September 1, 2019
Shots LUFC 21 to SCFC
Shots on target LUFC 3 to SCFC 2
21 shots only 3 on target this for me is the biggest issue IMO we dont shoot enough or early enough in moves
— Mike Kirby (@mkirby311) September 1, 2019
We had loads of blocked shots and some tame efforts on goal. We weren’t our usual selves.
— Adam (@Adam41018142) September 1, 2019
21 shots & only 3 on target isn’t smash & grab us it ?? .. More like sort your own house out. Appalling conversion rate that that cost us last season
— Winks (@Winks_1) September 1, 2019
We had at 3 opportunities yesterday to take a shot first time inside the box with the goal in clear sight. Instead of a first time shot/touch and shoot it’s touch, touch, touch (goal blocked by opposition defence bunching up) attempt blocked, possession lost
— Josh Holden (@JoshuaHolden93) September 1, 2019
3 shots on target for that dominance is awful, we can’t sustain this again all season, think the midfield needs a change hopefully Roberts comes back soon and he can be the link we need, plus it would allow Klich to play like he was last season, missing his goals at the moment
— Royce Dunston (@roycedun) September 1, 2019
Nope. We had 3 shots on target and they had 2. Not a smash and grab at all. Leeds are a boxer with all the techniques but has feather fists. Never gonna knock anyone out hence we didn’t go up last year. Swansea won 6-0 the other week. Have we scored 5 in one game under Bielsa?
— Marcelo B’s LUFC (@BillyKeville) September 1, 2019
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—ChatLUFC (@ChatLUFC) September 1, 2019