Kammy: Fearless Leeds could make it tricky for City
City clash should hold no fears for Leeds
Any clash with Manchester City is difficult, but Leeds should have no fear when they take them on this weekend.
They were unlucky not to get something against Liverpool and have won their next two matches after that, so it’s been a great start to their return to the Premier League. Those two wins will mean they’re absolutely buzzing for this and what better way to make a statement than by beating Pep Guardiola’s side?
A few weeks ago, if you had asked anybody who they thought would win they would have said the away side, but things are very different now. City are very much the favourites based on their pedigree, but we’ve seen what Leeds can do already this season and they’ll make this very tricky for the visitors. If Man City do get the three points they’ll have had to really earn them, that’s for sure.
Bamford and Leeds’ start no surprise to me
You never really know how a promoted side is going to fare back in their first season back, but I always thought Leeds would be fine.
A big reason for that was I was confident Patrick Bamford would score plenty of goals, and so far he’s shown he’s more than capable of doing that. Bamford has taken a lot of stick for not scoring as much as he should, but you have to try and look at these things positively and in order to miss chances you have to be getting in the right positions. It only takes a slight change of fortune and suddenly the goals start flowing, as shown by his start to the current campaign.
I always remember when I was working for Soccer Saturday in the early days I asked Arsene Wenger about Thierry Henry in his first season. Henry was getting in such good positions but wasn’t putting the ball away and Arsene told me that he had no doubts that the goals would come. You don’t need me to explain how successful Henry was and it just shows that if you get into those goalscoring positions more often than not, the goals will come eventually.
I think Marcelo Bielsa, by keeping the faith with Bamford even when things weren’t quite going as planned, showed he’s also a believer that things will fall into place if strikers keeping getting into those positions. So far it looks as if Bamford is going some way to repaying the faith that his manager has shown in him.
City’s struggles mean Liverpool are title favourites
It’s clearly a concern that Manchester City shipped five goals against Leicester last weekend, but we shouldn’t forget we’re at a very early stage of the season.
We’re still in a strange world in terms of football and if you look back to when we first started after lockdown, the standard of play was nowhere near as good as what we’re watching now.
During that time, most of the players were getting used to the lack of atmosphere behind closed doors, but it’s a different matter now, as shown by the Liverpool-Arsenal game. In terms of quality, I don’t think it could have been much better with a full house and that’s the standard that City need to aspire to. They’ve obviously gone and spent more money on a centre-back and Pep will be hoping that does the trick, but you’ve got to say, as things stand, Liverpool are the favourites to retain the title.
Arsenal played really well against Liverpool and they didn’t really lay a glove on Jürgen Klopp’s side. You just felt Liverpool had that little bit extra in reserve and although we’re still very early in the season, they look the ones to beat already. Having that mantra means they are there to be shot at, but at the moment they seem to have all the answers. Sadio Mane has been out of this world and then to bring Diogo Jota in for him and to see what he did on his first start for the club really showed the strength in depth that Klopp now has at his disposal.
The signings of Jota and Thiago have certainly improved the Liverpool squad, but as they say you can’t win the league in August (or September this year) and we all know there will be plenty of twists and turns along the way before that trophy is lifted next year.