Thomas Christiansen arrived at the club with no reputation basically and it was a breath of fresh air. When the team was announced at Bolton eyebrows were raised but it was the start of a great run that saw us hit top spot a few weeks later and hold on for a few weeks. Since then it’s all gone wrong, and time is ticking for him to turn it around, but time is probably what he will get under Andrea Radrizzani.
The more the days go on the more I try to take myself away from the negative situation on the pitch and look back at each game individually. There were a few games where we could have won but Christiansen didn’t make the right changes, and most recently a game where he changed it to work and then changed it again to lose us the momentum in the game. One thing is for sure, keeping the same head-coach would be the ideal situation but just as sure is that if he can’t turn it around soon he will probably have to go. The games are tough so in terms of learning what he is made of this is the couple of weeks. Coming into this league is tough, players, head-coaches and owners have come and gone from this club and others in recent times.
Middlesbrough await on the other side of the international break and that game means more to most Leeds fans than most this season. Garry Monk will be returning and if Christiansen gets it wrong and doesn’t make the changes needed for that game it could well be the turning point for him. Having said that, if he gets it right and we turn them over then fans will come back on side, no doubt about it, it’s that close for him at the moment. As I have said, fans want it to work but they can’t keep watching us make the same mistakes time after time, week after week and not want change. It’s a huge game and is followed by a trip to the league leaders, Barnsley and then a home game against Villa, surely we will know more after the next four games.
The issues with the team at the moment don’t just fall at the door of Thomas Christiansen. The players he has been given clearly aren’t up to scratch although one has stood out. Samu Saiz has been a wonderful addition to the Leeds side, Orta pulling one out of the bag but we need more than just him. Lasogga has shown signs, as has Alioski but both have gone hiding in big games and apart from that the players signed from abroad can’t get into the side. Polish midfielder Matty Klich is surely worth a chance in the side but he probably won’t after his social media situation, liking some tweets that he probably shouldn’t have. It’s make or break for Thomas Christiansen in a couple of weeks, and I like most want him to turn this around, but again, like most I’m unsure that we will.