Adam Forshaw has admitted that a “bad week” featuring three poor Premier League results has proved a key setback for Leeds United.
At the end of last season, the Whites were just happy to be in the Premier League. Following a dismal run of form at the end of Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure as manager, Jesse Marsch kept them up on the final day.
The onus was therefore on club chiefs to make strong signings and get Leeds back up the Premier League table.
And the Elland Road club started the new term in style with two wins from three matches. Indeed, one of those wins came against Chelsea in a 3-0 victory.
However, Leeds have yet to win again after beating the Blues and have lost two of their last three Premier League games.
Midfielder Forshaw told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We started like an absolute house on fire. Obviously the Chelsea game made us think ‘Here we go!’, gave us some real belief by beating one of the top six.
“That positivity was filtered down from Jesse [Marsch], he’s such a positive guy but then we had a bad week just before the break in games.
“We only got a point from three, we played Brighton away, Everton at home and then Brentford away.
“Listen – there’s no easy games at all but going into that full of confidence, it was a disappointing week for us.
“Conceding five away in that last one obviously wasn’t what we wanted to do but we’ve learnt a lot from it and have a chance to rectify it.”
Despite the lack of recent wins, some of Leeds’ new signings have impressed. Brenden Aaronson scored against Chelsea to announce himself, while Luis Sinisterra has also hit the ground running.
Forshaw, Leeds need more stability
But, Leeds are still learning under Marsch, who is of course still adapting to the Premier League.
Much like in Bielsa’s reign, the Whites have shown exciting signs going forward but a lack of control at times at the back.
The focus this summer was on attacking signings, with Aaronson, Sinisterra and Willy Gnonto – the final signing – all arriving.
In defence, right-back Rasmus Kristensen has joined, but he has failed to prove himself so far.
Leeds return from the international break to face Aston Villa. And that is a match from which they will be looking to secure three points.
Villa have struggled for form this term and Leeds will fancy getting back on track against Steven Gerrard’s side.
Marsch has had a lot of time to reflect, given that Leeds have had two weeks off – plus the international break.
He will likely have wanted to play to let his players get their “bad week” – as Forshaw put it – out of their system.
On the flipside, the rest will no doubt have helped Leeds to look back and reflect on what they did well at the start of the season.
They will no doubt be working in training on bringing that out at Elland Road against Villa.