QPR's Luke Freeman says he expected Leeds United's title challenge to implode

Luke Freeman of QPR tackles with David Davis of Birmingham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City at Loftus Road on April 28, 2018 in London,...

QPR star Luke Freeman is surprised by Leeds United.

Luke Freeman of QPR tackles with David Davis of Birmingham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City at Loftus Road on April 28, 2018 in London,...

QPR midfielder Luke Freeman has told Talksport he is surprised by Leeds United's success this season.

Freeman's QPR take on Leeds at the weekend at Elland Road, looking up at the Whites in the table.

Leeds are in second place, with QPR in 11th, 11 points behind.

 

Freeman says he did not question the talent in Marcelo Bielsa's side, but he questioned whether the players were suited to maintain their early season form.

He told Talksport: "They’ve got some unbelievable talent there, but they’ve got quite a lot of foreign players on their books who probably weren’t used to Championship football before this season.

"It’s lovely winning in August and September when the sun is out, but I thought to myself it will be interesting to see how they play in November and December time when you’re playing a thousand games a week.

"I did have an inkling they’d drop off a bit, but they’re still in a very strong position and one of the best teams in the league for sure."

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 01, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Freeman's comments are a bit misguided, about the foreign influence in Leeds' side.

The spine of their team has a British core, from Bailey-Peacock-Farrell, to Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips and Kemar Roofe.

Foreign players like Pontus Jansson and Pablo Hernandez now have multiple seasons in English football and are up to the task.

Samu Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski have certainly lost their early season lustre, but Leeds have so far demonstrated enough quad depth to be able to cope.

 

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-2  during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017...

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