Ex-Leeds United star Noel Whelan thinks the club are still safe from relegation fears, despite losing 2-1 to Rotherham United at the weekend.

The Yorkshire giants, who headed into the game on the back of a 4-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town before the international break, are currently 14th in the table with 47 points from 38 outings.

But with 22nd placed MK Dons losing 2-1 to Fulham on Saturday, Leeds are 10 points clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand.

And Whelan explained that although it is still mathematically possible for Leeds to go down, he thinks Steve Evans’ team have managed to stave off relegation fears.

However, the former Leeds striker urged the Whites to improve their game for the remaining matches in the present campaign.


“I still think we are safe from relegation now”, Whelan wrote in his column in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Yes, it’s not really until it’s mathematically proven that we can’t be in this relegation battle but with MK Dons losing I think the gap between us and the bottom three now is too great for them to come back from or to reach us where we are.

“But there’s still improvements that need to be made.

“Yes, we had a lot of possession against Rotherham and that’s great, but we are not troubling teams and we are playing in front of them which is exactly where they want to be.”

Leeds will next face Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on Tuesday evening before taking on Burnley in an away Championship game on Saturday.