There are more than a few reasons why this game is more important than any so far this season. The first one is the pressure on the side and on Thomas Christiansen to get a result and put in a performance after a horrific run of form, and a second is that Garry Monk, like it or not will be delighted to turn us over, and losing to him will feel dreadful.
Of course there are other reasons such as the fact Boro are heading up the table and beating them is beating a rival side who want to break into the play-off places. Boro are one of the bigger teams in the division as are Leeds, we are live on Sky Sports so winning feels all the better and we need to start getting the confidence back up more now than ever. With Boro followed by Wolves we have two of the most difficult games in the division in the space of a few days and if we were to lose both you would be forgiven for thinking Andrea Radrizzani would be put in an uncomfortable position ahead of the Barnsley game. Let’s hope Christiansen has some new ideas and the players are willing to give it their all to stop this from happening.
Boro will come to Leeds full of confidence and you can just imagine the amount of effort that Garry Monk will be putting in to winning this game. Andrea Radrizzani and Garry Monk didn’t part on great terms with the owner accusing Monk of using Leeds to move on to bigger things the whole time and never having an interest in staying at Leeds United beyond his first year at the club. Monk said Leeds didn’t have the ambition to match his and that he felt the new challenge suited him better. We all know what suited him better, the money he would have to spend at Boro, almost £45 million in the summer and the money he will be getting on a personal level will be plenty compared to the wage he had at Leeds.
This game could make or break Thomas Christiansen and he will probably know that. He desperately needs a win, more than any other game so far in his time at Leeds and if he does he has the chance to make the recent run of results a thing of the past. The game at Barnsley is a huge chance to pick up points and in between the game at Wolves is simply a free shot with the money they have spent and the way they are playing at the moment. Mad to think we were looking at their results not long ago trying to hold them off top spot. We need to be in the right frame of mind for Sunday, another flop will be so bad for everyone at the club and it would mount pressure on everyone.