Marcelo Bielsa told to target Europe with Leeds United needing to better ninth place

Leeds United are gearing up for their first Premier League home game of the season, as they welcome Everton to Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be looking to bounce back from the 5-1 defeat at Manchester United and maintain their six-game unbeaten run at Elland Road.

It’s poised to be an emotional day as the Whites are expected to have a full-capacity crowd back at their historic stadium for the first time since March 2020.

Most importantly they will want to deliver a positive result to those supporters and continue their progression under Bielsa’s stewardship.

There’s been a lot of talk about where Leeds should be aiming for this season, with some tipping them to struggle in their second season back in the top-flight.

However, talkSPORT’s Hugh Woozencroft believes that the Whites should be aiming to break into the European places and better on last term’s ninth-place finish.

Speaking on Thursday night’s Kick Off show, he said: “Some people still say you’ve got to be careful during the second season back in the top-flight.

“It doesn’t matter how good you are and they finished ninth last year.

“I personally think with their fans, when we talk about teams who can get into Europe, we should be talking about Leeds.”

It was inevitably going to be a tough day at the office for Leeds at Old Trafford but there was some positives from the clash.

Luke Ayling scored his first Premier League goal with an excellent strike, whilst Illan Meslier made some impressive saves despite conceding five.

Having also lost on the opening day last season, Leeds bounced back in style after beating Fulham and they will be hoping to do the same against an Everton side who have started the season well.

Although Woozencroft seemed optimistic about the Whites’ chances of reaching the top-seven in 2021/22, Emile Heskey was less confident of how they could get on.

He said: “Mid-table, for sure. As a club, that’s what they should be aiming for.”

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