Emma Jones: Leeds United’s last two games have shown the resilience and absolute belief the squad has

In her latest column for the YEP, LUTV presenter Emma Jones gives us her take on Leeds United in the Premier League.

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Saturday, 5th December 2020, 6:00 am
The return of Kalvin Phillips for the Arsenal and Everton games has made a difference to the team. Picture: Peter Powell/PA Wire.

As Crystal Palace scored their fourth goal against us a few weeks ago, I could almost hear the cackles from media doubters and rival fans.

Those new to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United this season were almost waiting for the moment they could write off our game plan as style without substance.

What they haven’t been witness to is the resilience and absolute belief within the squad.

If they needed proof of that, they only needed to view the following couple of games. Against Arsenal we dominated, but it just wouldn’t fall for us. We thought the same against Everton, before Raphinha capped off his excellent performance with a goal of real quality.

We were sensational at Goodison Park. The pace and energy of our performance still surprises me, so no doubt neutrals were watching on in awe.

In fact, watching any other Premier League fixture feels almost pedestrian by comparison.

Two clean sheets coincided with Kalvin’s return, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

He’s adapted to life in the top flight with ease, but that shouldn’t hide the fact it’s taken so many years of dedication and hard work to make something seem so effortless.

This weekend I can’t wait to see how they fair at Stamford Bridge. Going toe to toe with one of the biggest spending clubs in the land won’t concern the players at all. They are fearless and watching opposition managers try and work out how to deal with us is always a fascinating subplot.

I’ll also be a tad jealous that fans will be there and I’m praying it won’t be long before some of you get the chance to be back at Elland Road.

This week on LUTV we were fortunate enough to take a closer look at the work the club and Leeds United foundation have been doing in the local community.

Staff, including those currently furloughed, have been volunteering at organisations in Holbeck, who are helping some of the most vulnerable in the city.

It’s such a positive statement from those involved to ensure some light comes in these darker times. It also shows how much the club understands its responsibility within the city and how it can use its power for good.

I know things are going to be a little different this Christmas. But, however you’re spending it, I hope there’s joy at your table.

Fingers crossed we’ll see you in the New Year.