Topic of conversation Tuesday: Who makes themselves a hero?

Adonis Storr, The Roaring Peacock, external

The first 30 minutes of Sunday’s defeat by Arsenal was an outstanding act of self-sabotage even by Leeds United’s standards.

And while Jesse Marsch was quick to point out that “if we start playing the blame, we’re screwed”, it’s only natural to wonder how a team that finished ninth in the Premier League last season fared this season has fallen so far.

For any Leeds fan, the reasons are clear.

Loss of key players in the summer, lack of replacements and investments in squad depth.

A harrowing and unfortunate list of key player injuries.

A man-marking system too easy for opponents to exploit and a refusal to change.

Poor discipline due to frustration, culminating in the highest number of yellow cards in a Premier League season by any team.

And a lack of investment in January when the danger was clear and every team around us was trying to improve.

But if Jesse is right about not playing the blame game, then maybe the question isn’t who is to blame, but who is performing?

The leadership council of Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling, Adam Forshaw, Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo was decimated by injuries and a lack of discipline. With three Premier League games left, who will stand up and make a hero?

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