After a season of mediocrity the hard work at Leeds United must start now. There are question marks over a high number of players at the club and those question marks need to be answered. With a number of players out of contract and others simply not good enough there is a feeling that a high turnover is required to take Leeds United forward. Personally there’s about 6 players that I would keep, but I think that we will keep many more than that. Following on from Massimo Cellino’s comments to Adam Pope after the last game of the season I don’t believe we will see a mass amount of incomings and outgoings but enough to make the club stable. I would take that, after two seasons of feeling that I have wasted my time with the club, anything to make me feel that the club is improving and building something would be a good thing for me.
The outgoings are big debate amongst Leeds fans at the present time with some people going as far as saying they would clear everyone bar McCormack. A bit extreme but if we want to start building a team to go for promotion then there aren’t that many who are obvious to keep. The incomings is kind of difficult to judge because we don’t know how much we will have to spend or what Cellino is thinking regarding investment to the playing squad.
Out of the players that I want to stay I would obviously say McCormack, he’s had a an amazing season, top goalscorer in the championship playing in that team is just an absolutely phenomenal statement. Sam Byram has had a difficult season through injuries but he’s a good player and will definitely do us a job at right back. Jason Pearce has had a good solid season, despite not being the most technically gifted footballer he gives 100% week in week out and will put his head in where it hurts and I think he is unquestionably our best defender. Luke Murphy is a player who has great potential and if you play him in the right role then he can be a great player for the team and come up with some important displays. Alex Mowatt, well, the jury is out on him for me, he’s only young though so I think it’s important to give him a chance and see what he can do for us next season. Matt Smith has had an absolutely brilliant first season in the championship for me. When you consider how long he has been a professional and where he’s come from then his improvement this season has been amazing and all credit to him for that, he kept improving and scoring the goals and to be honest his partnership with McCormack just works so I think it’s important to keep him and see where they can take their partnership.
Now there are players like Paddy Kenny, Stephen Warnock, Cameron Stewart that are undoubtedly decent players but have under performed for us, do we give them another shot or just clear out the mess and start again? It’s a very tough question and one that needs answering with some sort of statement of intent or just news that work on the player turnover has begun.
Another important question is what’s happening with Brian McDermott? That, at the minute is more important than anything because it gives us an idea which way Massimo wants to take the club. For me, personally, I do believe in Cellino and think he will do good for us and take us forward by building a better club all round. What’s your thoughts on all this? Who do you want to see leave the club and who, realistically do you want us to buy? Let us know on here or on twitter. Thanks for reading.