Following their comeback against Wigan Athletic on Sunday, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United find themselves at the summit of the Championship table.
One thing supporters are beginning to comment upon is the need to stay calm under the inevitable pressure that comes not only with their league positioning but the size and stature of the club.
As expectation and excitement grow amongst the Elland Road faithful, calm heads are definitely required throughout the club. Or are they? Interestingly enough, the Leeds team appear to be one that thrives on not only the pressure of leading in games but also recovering effectively from difficult spells.
Coming back from behind has seemingly been Leeds’ strong point this season. With the exception of their defeats at the hands of Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City, Leeds have a brilliant record at scoring the decisive goal in games this campaign.
They have picked up draws despite being behind against Brentford, Nottingham Forest, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City so far this season.
Not only this but Leeds have won every single game that they have scored first in so far. Whilst doing so they have also only conceded a meagre two goals in these games, one coming in both of their first two fixtures back at the beginning of August.
In football, you have two real types of pressure. You have the pressure of maintaining good form amongst increased expectation from supporters and the media alike. Also, you have the pressure of upping your game and performing during difficult moments in games.
Leeds, with the exception of a couple of off days, have shown to be adept in coping with both forms of pressure so far this season and should they continue to do so do not be surprised to see them right in the thick of it at the end of the season.
Next up for Leeds is a tough looking trip to fellow promotion hopefuls West Brom who themselves have been boosted by the return to fitness of Dwight Gayle and Gareth Barry.