Leeds need to avoid potentially damaging mindset amid Adam Forshaw’s admission – opinion

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For Leeds, this start to their season shouldn’t be particularly surprising.

Heading into this weekend’s fixtures, they sit top of the table on goal difference. That’s despite losing Kemar Roofe and Pontus Jansson.

But it isn’t a surprise because of the start they had in 2018/19.

Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure began with eight straight games where they failed to lose and the 2019/20 campaign has started in a similar nature as they sit on the same number of points as they’d achieved at this time last year.

Heading into 2019, Leeds were right to be confident but they somewhat blew promotion, winning just three of their last nine matches.

During that time, they lost on five occasions which included a run of four straight outings without winning.

Heading into the playoffs they’d lost all their momentum as they consequently lost to Derby.

Confidence is likely to be flowing once again considering their early season form but after remarks made by Adam Forshaw this week, they must be careful.

Following their 1-0 win over the Bees, he claimed that Leeds had made a “big statement” in terms of their squad depth.

Indeed seeing two substitutes come off the bench and combine for the winning goal is a fantastic sight for a manager but they need to ensure they avoid a nasty characteristic and don’t get ahead of themselves after just four matches.

The Whites must keep their feet grounded during these early stages of the season because as they are all too aware, things can change.

Having a small squad can prove beneficial, something we detailed on FFC this week but considering the number of injuries they had last season, 28 in total by February 2019, they simply have to be cautious.

This is because there is also the underlying issue of their mentality and attitude.

It’s clear from their form at the back end of last term that their heads weren’t in the right place and Leeds’ inability to get over the line served as a huge concern.

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Making large statements just two weeks into the campaign is all well and good but the biggest of them all can be produced later in May.

That, of course, would be through achieving promotion.

For the time being, Leeds need to get on with their football and maintain their focus throughout an entire season. Only then will a true assertion be made.

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