Doubts emerge over Leeds United’s promotion hopes after Wigan Athletic claimed an ‘impossible’ win against the Whites, as termed by manager Marcelo Bielsa himself.
The aggregate stats from Leeds against Wigan at Elland Road as evaluated for the past two seasons reveals the grim reality for Bielsa and his team.
Despite having a monster share in areas such as possession, the number of passes and chances created, Leeds are having a hard time putting the ball in the back of the net.
To put things into perspective, Leeds scored only a single goal out of their expected 5.67 goals. Meanwhile, in sheer contrast, Wigan outscored their 1.21 expected goals to muster up a total of three goals.
However, the fans suspect the problem lies even further in the shape of defending, particularly during set-pieces, redundant style of play, inadequate use of substitutes and obsession of the coach with certain players, namely the goalkeeper Kiko Casilla and the striker Patrick Bamford, who has been guilty of missing chances.
These are the obstacles fans expect the team to overcome in hopes of avoiding a similar fate as last season.
Although the Argentine coach is respected by the Leeds faithful for bringing the club from mid-table to promotion contention, fans are now losing patience as his style seems to be failing to yearn a fruitful result.
Despite dropping points, Leeds United are still 3 points clear of third-place but need to be wary of upcoming results as they face Nottingham Forest and Brentford in the coming weeks.