Leeds United supporters will surely be livid with their team at the stat that emerged after their 3-0 battering which shows they are on the way to making history in the Premier League as the first team to receive 100 yellow or red cards in a season.
The Yorkshire team did not help their Premier League survival hopes on Wednesday night as they failed to pick up points for the third game in a row after their most recent defeat at the hands of Chelsea. They now find themselves staring down the barrel of relegation, however, the biggest talking point revolves around the team discipline after picking up back-to-back red cards as well as yet another yellow.
Forward Daniel James was sent off within the first 25 minutes after he committed a heinous foul on Mateo Kovacic, following through on the Croatian’s ankle after winning the ball in a possible season-ending injury as the player had to be subbed off shortly after.
Leeds seemed to have lost their heads after the sending off as midfield star Kalvin Phillips flew in for a tackle on Christian Pulisic, failing to get the ball in a frustrating challenge.
Indeed, Leeds have now broken an embarrassing record for red and yellow cards, which was shared by the BBC:
Leeds became the first team to ever receive 100 yellow or red cards in a Premier League season following their home defeat against Chelsea last night… ?
Welshman Dan James was sent off in the game which sees Leeds stay in the relegation zone ?
— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) May 12, 2022
TIF Thoughts on the yellow card record…
Being physical and having the desire to work hard to get the ball back is a great trait for a player to have, except when you are incapable of winning the ball and instead foul the opposition, this is especially true when you are in the middle of a relegation battle that could horribly affect the teams standing for years to come.
Leeds fans will surely be furious at the stat as now more than ever they need all their players at their disposal with only two games left to play. Instead, they are now without the services of right-back Luke Ayling, who forward Raphinha had to replace recently, and now James who has been an important figure for them with Patrick Bamford sidelined due to injury.
Will Leeds be relegated?
It is looking more and more likely Leeds will be playing in the Championship next season, add the discipline problems to this and it almost seems like a foregone conclusion.