Are we, Leeds United, really aiming to finish in the top 10 this coming season? I know ‘Leeds United’ doesn’t mean much in footballing terms any more however I believe after 11 years outside of the Premier League we should really be aiming for the play-offs at least. I genuinely think Rosler will be thinking about the play-offs as his private target however it’s a big ask to see him still being Leeds head-coach at the end of the season. If Cellino stays in the background or he sells to a decent owner and Rosler gets a full season (and more) then I think we should expect a play-off challenge.
We’ve had too many seasons in this division, league one was more entertaining, this season is really a big, big year for Leeds United. I’m surprised we haven’t lost more fans than we have already, it really has been dreadful in recent times. Another few years of this and a whole generation of fans will probably be lost, making it hard to recover. There’s just something about this year which makes me positive though and I’m not usually one for positivity. Maybe it’s Adam Pearson, since he’s arrived we’ve looked like a proper football club. It’s still weird to see things which are the norm at every other club looking amazing here, like hiring an assistant coach. We’ve also got in a new goalkeeper coach, a club secretary and seem to be in the process of appointing a head of recruitment. Both our signings so far have been young, although we clearly need some experience, it’s nice to see us signing players who aren’t of the Michael Tonge David Norris feel. Although Bamba seems to be taking a while, it seems as though we have signed him, this would be massive for us as I thought we had no chance when he made his famous comments about Cellino. We could really use his experience at the back.
Back to the original point, I think we should definitely be aiming for the play-offs. I always think that it’s actually much easier to get Leeds promoted than anyone else in the league. All you need to do as an owner is get the fans interested, if you can get 30 thousand fans into Elland Road each week and play good, exciting football then you can something of an unstoppable force going. If Leeds have even a slight hope of being in the promotion battle, we’ll practically fill Elland Road every week and other teams won’t want to play against us. We don’t need the best team to get promoted, we just need a capable team. It’s really simple, we need to create more chances as a team. Although I love Redfearn he was restricted with the team he had last season, no pace and no finisher. The games a lot of the time at home were flat, Fulham and Wigan being good examples. We need power and pace, plenty of chances and hard tackles to get the crowd going. I don’t think it’s too difficult to imagine Leeds only losing 2-3 games at home all season if we had a decent team. To some of you what I’ve just said will look like complete rubbish but I know it will ring a few bells with some of you.
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