Former Leeds United star David Norris believes that the club could well suffer from second-season syndrome this term.
The Whites enjoyed an excellent season last term, securing a comfortable top-10 finish under manager Marcelo Bielsa after their promotion from the Championship.
Leeds have opened their campaign, however, in roundly terrible form.
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Bielsa’s side have only taken two points from their opening three games, losing 5-1 to Manchester United in a thumping opening day defeat, while they have also drawn 2-2 with Everton and 1-1 with Burnley.
Leeds are back in action this weekend after the international break and face Liverpool on Sunday as they look to record their first win of the campaign.
Of course, Sheffield United are something of a warning for Leeds, given their appalling fall from grace.
The Blades finished ninth in the 2019/20 campaign and seemed poised for a big season in 2020/21 under the management of Chris Wilder.
However, they finished rock-bottom and were relegated to the Championship, taking just 23 points from 38 games.
And Norris is concerned about the prospect of Leeds following in their footsteps this season, as expectations have naturally risen at the club.
Speaking to The Transfer Tavern, Norris said: “It would have been a worry for me even before those games, second season syndrome is a thing because it happens. You ride the crest of a wave with promotion, when you’re first promoted, teams don’t know too much about you, you’re an underdog, you’ve got nothing to lose.
“And when you stay up, then teams know a bit more about you. The expectation rises from within the camp, the fans, people have been talking about Leeds being in the top six, seven, eight, pushing on those doors after just one season, so the expectation rises, and it becomes a lot more difficult.”
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