By the time we face Arsenal next weekend, Leeds United will have gone almost two months without winning a Premier League game.

And the smart money suggests that that run will continue a little longer.

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Sunday’s defeat to Crystal Palace was infuriating. Leeds opened the scoring with Pascal Struijk capitalising after some utterly brilliant work from Brenden Aaronson.

Could another relegation battle be on the cards for Leeds?

And it seemed that the Whites were well on top – until Liam Cooper gave away a needless free-kick later on in the first-half. Moments later, it was 1-1. And from there, it all felt slightly inevitable.

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Palace found the winner late on. Leeds meanwhile, barely laid a glove on Patrick Vieira’s side after the break. A poorly-struck Joe Gelhardt effort summed up Jesse Marsch’s side’s second-half display.

Perhaps the frustration has got the better of me this evening. Hopefully in time, this comment will look simply foolish. But it does feel as though Leeds are absolutely in danger of being dragged into another relegation battle.

Of course, the league table looks more positive than that. Leeds are in mid-table. They have beaten Chelsea and they have got themselves into good positions in a few other games.

However, Leeds’ start to the season has been generous. And with that, only picking up two wins so far is definitely underwhelming.

The Whites are looking low on confidence at times. And it could be argued that they have not come close to replicating the performance which saw Leeds blow Chelsea away at Elland Road.

The league is also stronger this year. There are no obvious candidates to go down. Bournemouth and Fulham are flying. And Leicester surely, surely have too much quality to remain at the foot of the table.

There are reasons for optimism. Leeds have the bravery to try and go toe-to-toe with anyone. And the Chelsea display will give some supporters hope ahead of facing Arsenal.

And the Whites look to have a stronger squad this season. They have also been more difficult to beat so far.

It is probably premature to say that a relegation battle is underway. But as a fan who cannot help but see the glass as half-empty, it is hard to not look at today as a massive warning sign.

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