Leeds United have had a tough few days.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men have conceded 14 goals in their last three Premier League games, scoring three consolatory goals in that time.
Given their performances and ninth-placed finish last season, you can be confident that — when all their players are available — Leeds have enough quality to ensure this poor run doesn’t become chronic, but the defensive numbers don’t read well for Leeds fans at the moment.
Only Newcastle United have a worse non-penalty expected goals (xG) against than Leeds. Bielsa’s side are currently giving up chances worthy of 1.6 goals per 90 minutes.
That xG against rate is an increase on last season’s 1.4 per 90, fuelled by a higher volume of shots conceded that are of higher quality than the previous campaign — an unwanted combination of change.
Context is key here when considering their recent run of form. Leeds have faced three of the current top four in their last three games, with away trips to Chelsea and Manchester City enough to test any Premier League defence before a dominant Arsenal visited Elland Road.
Although they gave Chelsea a bloody nose in a 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge, Bielsa’s men were comfortably beaten by City and Arsenal after playing into the hands of their opponents too often.
The second contextual consideration is just how