Five reasons why Leeds should keep faith in Steve Evans

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United continue to struggle for results but there are plenty of reasons why they should keep faith in manager Steve Evans.


Leeds United have won just one of their last nine matches in the Championship and were knocked out of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon by Watford.


Despite the defeat representing just the seventh of his 23-match reign, pressure on Steve Evans has started to grow and we have seen in the past that owner Massimo Cellino isn't scared to pull the trigger when it comes to changing the leader in the dugout.


However, despite their recent results, we believe that Evans deserves more time at Elland Road, and here are five reasons why...


1) Passion


Regardless of whether his team are three-nil ahead or three goals down, Evans can barely stand still on the touchline as he craves the best for his side.


He is also full value in his press conferences too, whether that involves berating an opposition manager, referee or even one of his own players.


He can come in for his fair share of criticism, but you can never doubt his passion for his team and that's what Leeds need right now.


2) Stability


If it is one thing that Leeds haven't had since 2012, it is stability. Managers have come and gone in the blink of an eye and Leeds remain as a mid-table Championship side who will probably keep their heads above water but not much else.


The managerial job at Elland Road has changed as many as nine times since Simon Grayson left in 2012, so for once, a boss needs to have at least a year in the role before any decisions are made.


3) Solid Defence


Leeds have not conceded three goals in a match since September 27 - regardless of the amount of clean sheets that they have achieved, that statistic alone is impressive over such a long period.


It has also been six games since they last conceded two goals in the same contest. They may not be scoring many goals but Evans has built a solid foundation.


4) Chris Wood


Leeds have been without striker Chris Wood for much of the last two months and their lack of goals can be put down to his absence.


While not prolific by any means, Leeds have not lost in the last eight games in which the 24-year-old has featured.


5) Can plan for next season


Evans possesses a record of eight wins, eight draws and seven defeats, and when you take into consideration that he hasn't had time to take a step back and assess the squad, that's a respectable return.


Leeds are 11 points above the relegation zone so they shouldn't have to worry about dropping down to League One. If they give Evans a summer to tinker with his squad, who knows what he could achieve.

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