Following a 2-1 loss against Arsenal on Sunday, Jesse Marsch’s first squad fell into the bottom three for the first time since October, with just three Premier League games remaining to get out of danger.
Eddie Nketiah scored a brace before captain Luke Ayling was sent off for a horrific tackle on Gabriel Martinelli.
Leeds put in one of their poorest first-half performances of the season, and the team’s woes only grew worse after the break.
Chelsea’s under-23s beat Spurs, ensuring that the Whites were demoted from Premier League 2.
Chelsea scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to ensure that the under-23s would be relegated, despite trailing with 10 minutes to play in a must-win game.
Hay took to Twitter to react to the news, stating: “Sad to report, Leeds U23s have been relegated. Chelsea stay up after beating Spurs.”
There is no guarantee that Leeds will be relegated in the next two weeks, but they will need points against Chelsea, Brighton, or Brentford to maintain their Premier League status.
Leeds will have to do it the hard way if they are to survive the final three games, since they will be missing a number of top players, including Ayling after his harsh send off.