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Leeds may have already cost themselves the chance of returning to the Premier League

Leeds may have already cost themselves the chance of returning to the Premier League

Leeds United supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side maintain their brilliant start to the 2018/19 Championship season.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men went into their clash with Preston North End on Tuesday night having won four and drawn the other three of their opening seven league games, thus sitting pretty at the summit of the second tier table. And that is where the Yorkshire heavyweights remain as a brace from Tyler Roberts alongside a Liam Cooper header sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory for the Whites at Elland Road, thus maintaining their unbeaten start to the Championship campaign.

Consequently, there have been many thrilled Leeds fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about a possible return to the Premier League come the end of the season.

Yet the Yorkshire heavyweights may have already cost themselves the chance of returning to the Premier League this term, by not bulking out the squad during the summer transfer window.

Ultimately, the last two years has seen the Whites get into position to challenge for promotion only to slump as the season wore on, be it under Garry Monk in their run to seventh in 2017, or indeed Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom as they finished 13th last time round.

Thus, it was clear during those campaigns that the squad depth simply wasn’t there to deal with the rigours and demands of a 46-game Championship season, and they didn’t exactly overhaul the squad during the recent summer with with just two permanent signings and four loan additions.

Yes, all six were excellent signings and are likely to play a key part in what success Leeds have under Bielsa this term, but with injuries already taking effect with the likes of Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe, and Patrick Bamford on the sidelines, the squad is already being stretched even in this early phase of the season.

And while young players like Roberts, who netted twice against Preston on Tuesday, Ryan Edmondson, and Jack Clarke made the matchday squad against the Lilywhites, it remains to be seen how regularly they can be called upon as the season wears on, and whether or not they are able to deputise with the quality needed to help Leeds win promotion.

Add in the intensity with which the Yorkshire giants are playing under Bielsa, and failing to seriously strengthen the whole squad during the summer appears to be something of a mistake, and one that could well have already cost Leeds dearly in their pursuit of the Premier League.

Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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