Another uninspiring Championship season has ended for Leeds United. Their fans’ gaze catching the lower mid-table section of the league standings has become an all too familiar theme in Yorkshire.
Big question-marks still cloud the sky over Elland Road; who will own the club next season? Who will manage the club next season? Where and when does the movement towards the Premier League finally begin?
For most die-hard football fans, the sun doesn’t instantly get associated with the topping-up of tans or buying of cheap, flimsy flops…it means transfers, it means change. Though, to be fair, you could forgive Whites fans for even failing to get excited by that – previous years have not been so good.
Who can forget that infamous tweet last year? “Don’t go to bed just yet…there is still work to be done.”
Having sold star striker Ross McCormack for an astonishing £11 million reported fee, fans were expecting a big-name replacement, and instead they lost two players after sending that tweet. Surely the ‘Twitter guy’ was fired that night, or the man who fed him the wrong information.
They alienated a lot of fans that day and cannot afford to do the same this time around.
COOKING UP A TREAT
Alas, they have started well.
Possibly one of the best signatures they will capture between now and September will be that of their own youngster, Lewis Cook, who has penned his name to a new contract. The 18-year-old has had a stunning breakthrough campaign in the first team and is already showing potential Leeds-legend status.
The commanding midfielder would have caught the attention of the top clubs in the country – the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United were keen if you believe some sources – but has chosen to stay in the Championship.
In most similar situations, you would always urge Cook to stay where he will get first-team action and not linger in the under-21s, but it must have been a tough decision – the ownership at Elland Road have played a risky game with their own circus-act running of the club.
SPREAD THE WORD
It’s a big win for Leeds, and they could now do with Cook trying to talk-round some of his other fellow bright youngsters.
While one stays, the future is less clear for Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram – two more of their best performers this season – these two have been around a little longer than Cook and must be getting frustrated in the Championship. Rest assured, big teams will have a sniff.
Money no issue?
Money shouldn’t be a problem in the preparation of lucrative extensions for their best players, one would wonder where the McCormack money has truly been spent and one big-earner has come to the end of his Whites career this week.
Rodolph Austin was the major absentee from the retained list released, the former captain has failed to earn a new deal. Fans may appreciate the effort of their hard-working midfielder but this is a progressive move.
The focus must be on youngsters like Cook, rather than near 30-year-olds like Austin, who has become one of the names associated with the Championship grind. Names like Cook, Mowatt, Byram and Charlie Taylor could and should represent the ascent towards the ultimate goal; Premier League football.
Leeds fans, what do you think needs to change for Premier League football to be achieved? Have your say in the comments box below.
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