Monk’s Whites continue to smash records

By Mark Smith

Leeds United have enjoyed a successful Championship campaign so far to say the least and they continue to break records under manager Garry Monk.

Following the Whites win against Sheffield Wednesday last week, Leeds went on to 61 points in the league. This broke their point’s record for three previous full seasons as United struggled to mid-table on all three occasions.

Monk has moulded Leeds into not only a competitive side but a team that continues to impress every week. This season, the Yorkshire club have won 20 of their 35 league games. This amount of wins is the highest in any full season since 2005-06 (21). With 11 games to play, Leeds are surely going to break that record.

Less about the team and more about the management. Garry Monk and Pep Clotet have an impressive ratio of wins at the helm at Elland Road, 59.5% to be precise. This percentage gives Monk and Clotet the highest win percentage of any manager who has managed more than 10 games in the history of Leeds United.

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Many of Leeds’ problems often stem at home with performances generally being better on the road. This makes the next stat even more impressive. The Whites have won eight times away from home, this is the most away victories in a single season since 2011-12 which was also eight victories.

The question that arises is why? Why are Leeds continuing to impress and break these records? The answer may lie in stability

Garry Monk is the longest reining coach at Leeds during Massimo Cellino’s ownership and the Italian is starting to reap the rewards as the performances are improving and more importantly Leeds continue to pick up results.

Any team chasing promotion to the Premier League need a striker who scores goals and in Chris Wood they have the pick of the bunch. On 22 goals, Leeds fans are shocked when the New Zealander doesn’t hit the net.

Behind Wood is a hard working squad that have the right attitude and want to win. The tenacity of the midfield supported by the grit and toughness of the defence fits hand in hand. This partnership has led to Leeds having the 5th best defensive record in the league.

Leeds should finish in the play-offs and if the team continues to perform in this manner week-in week-out, who knows what is possible.

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