Debunking the myth: Why pundits need to stop criticising Leeds United’s defence

It’s true that at times this season Leeds’ defence has been woeful. At one point a corner was almost a guaranteed goal for opposition sides.

The Whites were seen as the entertainers. Capable of scoring plenty of goals but also capable of conceding just as many as we saw in their defeats at Anfield and Old Trafford.

But Leeds have since turned the corner and are defending brilliantly at the moment, yet pundits continue to go back to the well of ‘Leeds can’t defend’ when previewing their games despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Even ahead of their game with Southampton, on the back of brilliant form, it was again brought up.

Funnily enough Leeds went onto record a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over the Saints. It was their fourth clean sheet in five games as United continue their brilliant run of form.

In fact since their 6-2 defeat to Manchester United only five teams have conceded fewer goals than Marcelo Bielsa’s team. In the last 20 games they have the sixth best defence and in the last 10 no side has a better defensive record than the Yorkshire outfit.

And yet pundits, even former Leeds star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, continue to insist Leeds United are inadequate defensively.

Another fan pointed out that every game commentators suggest that Leeds’ weakness is corners. Perhaps it once was but not anymore. Leeds haven’t conceded from a set piece in 1000 minutes.

Ultimately this continued narrative reeks of the constant misconceptions around a Leeds team not given the credit they deserve for a superb season back in the top flight and suggests that perhaps better analysis is needed before games.

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