Leeds United are desperate for Premier League results as recent events have reduced the gap to the drop zone to just two points.
Everton, the club directly below Los Blancos, also have one game less before the final run-in and the tough tests continue with Arsenal as their opponents this weekend.
Club icon Eddie Gray believes the Whites must use the blow of Stuart Dallas’ loss to injury to inspire them to a resurgence and a 17th-place safety after 38 games played.
“I just hope this inspires the band to come out and do it for Stuart because he’s such an important member of the team,” Gray said as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Hopefully it’s a game where we can play and get some sort of result,” he said of Sunday’s game against Arsenal.
“It’s gotten to the stage of the season now, you don’t need a scientist, you look at the league table, we’re in a position where we have to take points, the sooner the better. “
Jesse Marsch may be the sort of manager who likes to play tactical mind games, but in the precarious position Leeds find themselves in, there’s no room for that at the moment.
The more clever he tries to be on the tactical whiteboard in the locker room, the more his players will eventually become detached and he needs them to be actively invested in the survival offer.
For the first time in Marsch’s managerial career, tactics aren’t enough to win games and pick up the points needed to beat the drop, so he must prepare his troops to fight in the trenches.
Too often we forget how much passion can drive a team when their backs are against the wall, but the proof is there for all to see.
Just look at Leicester City’s miraculous escape in the 2014/15 season to see what a united team can do and they won the Premier League the following year.
Something like this is unlikely to happen to Leeds United (never say never), but they need to harness that same unified spirit to keep their heads above water and bring down Everton.
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