Brentford manager Thomas Frank was in the Premier League Productions Studio for Monday night’s dismal 6-1 loss to Liverpool – and he responded when asked if he feels Leeds United could go down at the end of the season.
Having watched the four clubs below all suffer defeat on the weekend, Leeds had the chance to open the gap at the bottom of the Premier League. They came into the game, though, off the back of a humbling 5-1 loss to Palace.
Leeds – like the 4-1 loss to Arsenal – were solid in defence for the first 30 minutes and looked a threat when looking to counter. But, it all unravelled when Cody Gakpo tapped home a controversial opener, after a potential handball.
Mo Salah made it two and while Luis Sinisterra got one back, Liverpool were not in forgiving mood. Diogo Jota got two, Salah got another and substitute Darwin Nunez made it six. It leaves Leeds in 16th, two points above the drop.
But more worryingly, that is 11 goals conceded in our last two games – and 23 in Javi Gracia’s eight games. Only one clean sheet has come under the Spaniard – his first game against Southampton. Brentford boss Frank is concerned.
“Need to think about goal difference. Defend better. I would be concerned. The beauty of it is, things change in the Premier League and you can go on and win a few games. Gracia needs to ensure they are more solid at the back.”
Brentford manager Frank responds when asked if Leeds could go down
Leeds now have three enormous games before the end of the season. Fulham away on Saturday, before taking on 19th-placed Leicester at Elland Road, and then Bournemouth away the game after. Three massive matches.
The Whites face Manchester City and Newcastle after that. So, if Leeds are going to survive, they really need to get some points from the next three matches. At least five points or more. Or, Leeds face the prospect of relegation.