Leeds United by Edward Wade
- Massimo Cellino has already taken a hands on approach, ordering all of the players to live in the city and that before home games the team must eat together, stay together and travel to Elland Road together. Cellino also bizarrely caused controversy by allegedly having goalkeeper Paddy Kenny dropped because of his birthday. Although some fans may appreciate their chairman having such a strong interest in the team, others are worried that demands like this may cause clashes down the line with current manager Dave Hockday.
- There is no doubt that the sale of Ross McCormack will benefit the Whites in the long term. £11 million pounds for a striker who has never played in the Premier League seems like a sound piece of business. United will obviously miss the Championship’s top scorer last season having netted 28 goals. With the money available from McCormack’s sale and the youngsters coming through the ranks, Leeds will be able to build on their mid-table finish last season. Hockday has already made bringing in some defensive reinforcements a priority, with only two senior central defenders in the squad. 19 year old Chris Dawson scoring is a promising youth player; he netted a hat-trick against Glenavon.
- With the new Championship season kicking off next weekend, United must realistically assess their aims for the season. For most fans this season is going to be one of transition with problems behind the scenes being sorted out. When a new regime starts, with a new chairmen, manager, backroom staff it is imperative to get off to a good start. With this in mind Leeds could have a strong season and possibly finish in the top 10. There is no real fear of relegation
- Jason Pearce is set to become club captain for the upcoming season. With Ross McCormack leaving for Fulham, Pearce is set to take on the role six months after being narrowly overlooked by former manager Brian McDermott. Pearce who moved from Portsmouth in 2012 is one of the only two remaining senior central defenders at the club. Hockday praised the defender for leading by example before the match against Dundee.