When Leeds United were defeated 1-0 by Birmingham City at St Andrew’s on April 6th, serious questions were asked about whether their squad had what it takes to bounce back in such a pivotal time of the season.
Capitulation at the same stage of the campaign last year saw the Whites fall away from play-off contention yet under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, they have avoided repeating this particular feat.
After securing an impressive 2-0 victory away at Preston North End, Leeds backed it up with another win on Saturday as a Jack Harrison goal saw off a Sheffield Wednesday side who were aiming to stay in contention for a top-six finish in the Championship. As a result of these two triumphs, the Whites edged further clear of Sheffield United in the race for automatic promotion as Chris Wilder’s side’s disappointing draw against Millwall saw them fall three points behind their rivals.
Although it is fair to say that Bielsa will be focusing entirely on finishing in the top-two in May, they still have an outside chance of pipping Norwich City to the league title. Two consecutive draws for the Canaries against Reading and Wigan Athletic has seen their lead at the top cut from seven points to four due to Leeds’ recent resurgence.
With clashes to come over the next three weeks against Wednesday and Aston Villa, Daniel Farke knows that his side will have to be on top form to remain on course to finish top in the second tier. However, if Norwich do indeed slip-up, Leeds know that if they can secure maximum points from their final four games, they could secure an unlikely triumph at the end of the season.
Winning the league would be a fitting end to what has been a fantastic campaign for Bielsa’s side who have produced a spell-binding brand of football which has lit up the Championship on numerous occasions this year.
What do you think Leeds fans? Can your side still pip Norwich to title in May? Or is four points too big of a gap to overcome between now and the end of the year? Let us know below.