Leeds are suffering the same fate as last year and are in serious danger of missing out on promotion to the Premier League.
That is the view of former Chelsea and Scotland midfielder Craig Burley, who reckons last year’s issues are still fresh in the memory of the players at Elland Road.
Leeds missed out on Championship promotion last season despite being in the top two for the majority of the campaign.
In the end they were surpassed by Sheffield United and then missed out to Derby County in the play-off semi-finals.
And it has been a similar story so far this season as Marcelo Bielsa’s men raced out of the traps right from the off.
While they are still in second place in the Championship, the Whites have lost four of their last five games and are being hunted down by the chasing pack.
Indeed, a 2-0 loss at promotion rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday means only goal difference separates them from being pushed back into the play-offs and they have only won two of their last 10.
Burley thinks last year’s missed opportunity is fresh in the Leeds players minds while claiming that they may be suffering from burnout again.
Bielsa is renowned for being tactically brilliant but also for working his players harder than most in training.
“The burnout is happening earlier this year than it did last year and that is the worry,” Burley told ESPN FC.
“They were in control for a little longer last year if memory serves me right and then it unraveled for Bielsa and his players.
“And let me tell you, that is still fresh in the memory that they had the Premier League in their grasps and they blew it.
“It is hard to say that they are not going to do it again and what thing we know about Bielsa is that he works his players very hard.
“There was a sense late year that they were running out of steam so if they are doing that now already, it is early to be doing so.
Fellow ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno thinks there is no coming back for Leeds this season.
“Let me tell you, they are not coming back,” he added.
“If this team is running out of steam already, are they going to catch a second wind in March or something? I don’t see it.”