Leeds United statistical dominance shows no signs of slowing down despite slow start to season

By Danny Bloomer

Leeds United have endured a slow start to the new Premier League season with just one win from their opening seven matches.

The Whites are yet to reach the heights they hit on several occasions last term and have accumulated four less points than at this stage in the previous campaign.

Their slow start can be attributed to several factors, such as a string of injuries to key members of their defence and a lack of proficiency in the attacking third of the field.

But one area that Leeds are continuing to replicate from last season is their running stats, as they top the league on both distance covered and team sprints.

Across their seven Premier League fixtures so far, Marcelo Bielsa’s side have covered 764 kilometres, which is more than anyone else in the entire division, as per Stats Perform.

Two teams who currently sit in the bottom three of table, Burnley and Norwich City, are both behind by just one kilometre, but when the fact they are yet to receive a red card is factored in, it is likely Leeds would be further ahead if they didn’t have to play the final half an hour against Liverpool with 10 men following Pascal Struijk’s dismissal.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham Hotspur are the team who have covered the least amount of distance in the Premier League so far and remain the only side yet to hit over 700km.

Another statistic that Leeds currently excel in, is the total number of sprints they have executed so far.

In fact, Bielsa’s men are way out in front on this metric, with a total number of 1210, 214 higher than the next best side in the division Southampton, who have registered 997.


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