It is a familiar tale for those that have lived through 16 years of purgatory waiting for one of England's biggest clubs to make it back to the top flight.
"Fear and loathing is what Leeds associate with the turn of the year," said long-time Leeds correspondent Phil Hay, now working for The Athletic.
Relegated from the Premier League in 2004, just three years on from reaching a Champions League semi-final, worse was to come as Leeds went down again in 2007 and spent three seasons in the third tier.
Unfortunately for Leeds and their huge financial commitment for the Bielsa project, the much-heralded Argentine also has a reputation for seeing his sides fade physically in the second half of the season as they struggle to maintain the intensity he demands.
Last season Leeds also topped the Championship at the turn of the year, but fell behind Norwich and Sheffield United through the spring and crumbled against Derby in the pressure-cooker of the playoffs.
The Argentine coach's debut season in England was an explosive one. Derby's 4-2 play-off win at Elland Road was revenge for the Rams after Bielsa admitted to sending one of his assistants to spy on their training ground ahead of a league meeting last January.
The 64-year-old paid the £200,000 (IS$259,000) fine the club received for the "spygate" scandal and was then awarded FIFA's fair play award for allowing Aston Villa to score in a 1-1 draw in April after Leeds took the lead when Villa had a player down injured.
In recent weeks, Bielsa has been more belligerent, insisting that Leeds are holding up physically and mentally.
"The team are not playing worse than before," insisted the former Albiceleste coach. "The team are not running less than before. They are running even more. And they are as confident as they were before."
That confidence will be thoroughly tested on and off the field in the remaining 14 games of the campaign and potentially three more in the playoffs if they fail to secure a place in the top two.
Like so many other Championship clubs, Leeds have gambled on getting up to the riches of the Premier League and risk falling foul of the English Football League's financial fair play rules should they be mired in the second tier for another season.
"Bielsa and his staff cost £6 million (US$7.79 million) [a year]," Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani told The Times earlier this season.