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Despite draw Leeds look like they’re ready for the Premier League

Despite draw Leeds look like they’re ready for the Premier League

Leeds were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by fellow Championship title contenders Middlesbrough in what was already being heralded as a key clash despite it being so early in the season. 

It was the first time the Whites were unable to score this season as Tony Pulis employed his usual five at the back defence.

Star players, Samu Saiz and Kemar Roofe were stifled and unable to employ their high-press, high energy style of football although Leeds’ cause wasn’t helped by Pablo Hernandez being unfit to play.

Although a win over their promotion rivals would’ve been preferable, Bielsa’s men shouldn’t be deterred as they still remain one of the best teams in the league.

Indeed, following the game, Middlesbrough’s star man, Adam Forshaw labelled Leeds as playing like a potential top-four Premier League side.

The Breakdown

It may be a slight leap to compare Leeds to the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United or Tottenham, but so far this season, Bielsa’s side have certainly played like a Premier League side.

The Argentinian manager has already brought out the best of Samu Saiz and Kemar Roofe, while Barry Douglas is arguably one of the best players in the league and definitely Premier League standard.

It’s still early in the season but what we have seen from Leeds is a team that when it’s at its best, it can smother opponents.

Whether they can keep it up for the rest of the season, remains to be seen but so far Leeds look Premier League ready.

What do you think Leeds fans? 

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