Leeds United’s pitch has been in poor condition for a while, with Leeds unable to do the necessary work in the summer due to to the shorter break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Marcelo Bielsa has never blamed the surface, and it has not been the main factor in some of Leeds poorer performances, it has been noticable that the pitch has been far from conducive to Leeds’ brand of football. So “following consulation with the board and playing staff” Leeds have decided to take short-term action.
A 17 day gap between the 1-0 defeat to Brighton and the upcoming home match against Everton has allowed Leeds the opportunity to refresh the surface, before doing a full relay in the summer.
Leeds have purchased a new hybrid surface from Tottenham Hotspur. The current top surface will be removed and replaced by the new surface by early next week - hopefully that will last well for the rest of the season.
#LUFC re-turfing Elland Road with hybrid pitch ahead of our next Premier League home game against Everton— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 22, 2021
Leeds United Head of Facilities Mark Broadley told the official club website: “We have been working closely with Hewitt Sportsturf on a proposal to fully reconstruct the Elland Road pitch this summer.
“However, after the recent heavy rainfall and snow in Leeds, it became evident that the current system was unable to cope and as a result was struggling to retain sufficient stability in the top surface.
“We reviewed all options available and agreed the best possible solution was to remove the top surface and install the hybrid turf system HT Pro as seen at Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City.”