Martin Keown has told TalkSPORT (Friday, 12.20PM) that Leeds United need to do something “remarkable” when asked if the club can survive relegation and if defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday means the club do go down.
Leeds sit in 16th place – but, are level on points with Nottingham Forest and one above Leicester. What makes it tough for Leeds is the run in. A trip to Bournemouth on Sunday is our most-realistic chance of a win this season.
Following that, is a trip to Manchester City. Then, in-form Newcastle at home, West Ham away and then Leeds welcome Tottenham to Elland Road. An incredibly tough run of games that will see Leeds struggle to get anything.
Sunday is our best chance. Even then, Gary O’Neil’s side are playing well. He watched his side beat Southampton 1-0 away from home in the week. Keown responded when asked if failure to win on Sunday sees us suffer relegation.
“They’ve put themselves in a really difficult position. I’m thinking back to the miss from Bamford – how costly could that be? Bournemouth is a game where they’re just going to have to go for it,” Keown told TalkSPORT on Friday.
“The pressure is off Bournemouth, and all of the pressure is on Leeds. The pressure, at the moment, seems as if it is grappling them round the throat. They’re going to have to do something remarkable to stay up,” Keown continued.
Keown: Leeds need to do something remarkable to survive relegation
Leeds absolutely need to beat Bournemouth to stay in the Premier League. Manchester City is very likely, going to be a loss. We then play host to a Newcastle side that in their last two games, have dismantled Spurs and Everton.
So, after Bournemouth, it is more than likely that Leeds will pick up two defeats. Against West Ham at the London Stadium, there is a chance that we could nab something – with the Hammers, maybe by then, focusing on Europe.
Then, Spurs come to Leeds. Tottenham may still be fighting for the Europa League and possibly, even the top four. It might even be Harry Kane’s last game in a Spurs shirt. So, Ryan Mason’s men will have something to fight for.