Simon Grayson has told the No Tippy Tappy Podcast that he believes Sam Allardyce will keep Leeds United in the Premier League by the “skin of their teeth” – and thinks Leeds are capable of beating Tottenham on the final day.
Allardyce, 68, has been brought in by Leeds as a replacement for Javi Gracia with just four League games to play. It does not get much tougher than it looks, with Leeds facing Manchester City, Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham.
But, the Whites remain outside of the Premier League relegation zone – albeit, on goal difference. Leeds are level on points with 16th-placed Leicester, and 18th-placed Nottingham Forest. Everton are in 19th, a point behind the trio.
Ex-Leeds boss Grayson was asked if he believes Allardyce can keep his old club in the Premier League – and he said he expects Leeds will survive, but only just. He believes Leeds can welcome Spurs to Elland Road, and beat them.
“They’ve got the best manager possible to do so. If they had stuck with gracia then no chance. I think they’ll stay up by the skin of their teeth,” Grayson said, despite boasting arguably the toughest run in of the five teams down there.
“I’m not sure where the points will come, but it will come down to the last game of the season – you don’t know what Tottenham are going to, the good one or the poor one. Leeds will be hoping it is a poor one,” Grayson continued.
Grayson believes Allardyce will keep Leeds in the Premier League
Where do Leeds get their points? Well, Manchester City play Real Madrid a few days after Saturday – which might mean Pep Guardiola’s rests his best players. It might even be that Kalvin Phillips is given a rare start for City.
Newcastle – well, Leeds drew on Tyneside. At Elland Road, Leeds might have a chance of producing a similar result. West Ham face a European semi-final a few days before Leeds. Tottenham are incredibly up and down right now.