Just imagine. A positive team of positive players. A team of players whose default action is to play a positive pass instead of quaking on the spot and hoofing it. A team that breathlessly wins 4-3 instead of scraping home 1 nil with a dodgy penalty. The return of the ‘glory days’ would be marvellous, but a rekindling of the Leeds United spirit is my greatest wish. I want to see football played the LS11 way.
Watching Leeds comes with a certain set of expectations
Brian McDermott desperately wanted to bring success to Elland Road. The return of the pre-match ‘Wave’ was an honest attempt at re-instilling some popular tradition, yet our style of football was far from what we wanted to see. You could emphasise with his rationale- create a solid, hard-to-beat side that would hold its own and challenge this season.
Never Mind Eh.
We were left with the odd spark of positivity; an occasional flowing move or irregular trouncing would get the heart racing, but it was only ever short-term. We would fall apart; sometimes in apocalyptic fashion. We needed the Leeds United way.
Simon Grayson’s sides had their faults. We were short on investment and prone to a spanking, but we played decent football. Grayson knew the right way to play, but the execution wasn’t always there. Positive, hungry players were rife at Leeds in those days and a few quality defenders protected by a defensive midfielder under the age of 37 could have seen us return to the big-time. It wasn’t to be, and the arrival of Colin saw us adopt tedious, lifeless match-play with little thought for the paying customer and their entertainment.
On paper, Warnock and McDermott should have worked. They’d been there, done that, and got the trophy to prove it. Cellino has different ideas. He’s realised that the Leeds United formula is more than a set of credentials and thoroughly thought-out match play. We are a philosophy. We are positive, expressive football. We get stuck in, we have each other’s backs. We don’t always win, but we come away thoroughly entertained and with the knowledge that the lads threw everything into the LS11 way. Whilst the glory days may be out of touch for the time-being, glory football could be just around the corner. Bring it on.