Why Leeds United fans should take a moment to reflect over the international break

The international break often allows for a moment to pause and reflect.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 6:00 am
Leeds United's home ground of Elland Road. Pic: Getty

For teams near the bottom of the Premier League the March hiatus of top flight action will cause the relegation anxiety to be prolonged, while other sides can look back on a job well done.

Leeds - after a hugely important win at Fulham and the banishment of the London curse - are firmly in the latter camp.

It has been a stunning return to England's elite after 16 years away for the Elland Road club.

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Marcelo Bielsa's side have amassed 39 points from their 29 league games so far this term, winning 12 of those outings and scoring 45 goals in the process.

Leeds have been the ultimate newly-promoted entertainers led by Patrick Bamford up front, Kalvin Phillips in the middle and Illan Meslier at the back.

Bamford's 14 goals and six assists epitomise the hard work of this Whites squad and there is an element of sadness that he hasn't got the reward in the form of a Three Lions call up.

It may have felt a step too far this time - but his improvement and development since his arrival at Leeds has led him to at least being part of the conversation.

Like the rest of the United squad, Bamford has worked tirelessly under Bielsa's relentless regime - and no-one can argue with the results of the last three years and where it has taken the club.

Supporters have the consolation of tuning in to watch one of their own - the Yorkshire Pirlo - pull on an England shirt instead and they can do so in the knowledge that LS11 will see top flight football for a second successive year.

Many fans dread the break from club football - but everyone associated with Elland Road should take a moment to soak up what has been achieved in West Yorkshire over the last 12 months or so.

If Leeds supporters know one thing; it can all disappear in an instant. Keep Peter, Norman, Jack and Trevor in your thoughts, too.