At the weekend, I saw my precious Leeds United lose 3-0 to a much better and fitter QPR side. After the match had finished my mind turned to this weekend’s fixture against Birmingham City. At that point I realised, before we play Birmingham City, we have to travel 90 miles to play Fleetwood Town in the League Cup. We beat Fleetwood on penalties.
Whilst I always enjoy seeing Leeds win, I wondered what the Fleetwood game had taken out of the players.
On Saturday at Elland Road, Leeds need to win and as a Leeds fan if we play badly and lose. I won’t care about a mid-week penalty shootout victory in the League Cup, or that the team didn’t arrive back into Leeds until 2:00am on Thursday morning. The only thing I will care about is they have lost the first two games of the Championship season.
The League Cup should consist of the top 15 sides in the Premier League. The rest of the Premier and Football League have other targets they need to meet.
I know for some lower league sides the domestic cups can provide financial stability. However, the financial benefits of getting promoted are even better.
When Bradford reached the final of the League Cup in 2013, we were all cheering the fact a League one side have reached a major final. They lost the game to a very good Swansea side, no shame there. However, now three years on, we all but forgotten what Bradford did. Bradford City are still in League One have recently lost their manager to another League One side.
I would love to see Leeds to win a cup, I can just remember them losing to Aston Villa 3-0 in the 1996 League Cup final. However, every side within the Football League has to feel they can get promoted and this has to be the priority for every club.