Leeds United fans are expectant this season, so much so that they expect a top two finish in The Championship and automatic promotion to The Premier League, but the same issues seem to be lingering from last season on the field, dominating games but dropping silly points, the clubs latest announcement will not endear them any further to the fans.

Former Yorkshire Evening Post and current The Athletic reporter Phil Hay has revealed this afternoon that the club do not plan to further strengthen their squad this season and that they also intend to allow players rest time over international breaks… this news has NOT gone down well with the supporters in West Yorkshire and beyond as the club appear to be playing a risky game with such a huge prize on offer.

West Bromwich Albion striker (on loan from Newcastle United) Dwight Gayle (16) takes a shot at goal during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Derby County at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England on 24 October 2018.

Following Hay’s announcement, the fans were very quick to air their opinions regarding the matter, with many writing off this season and mentally compounding their beloved team to the play-offs at most, if not a total capitulation.

Leeds have been linked with Dwight Gayle from Newcastle in recent times and with the strikers prolific nature in front of goal, especially in the Championship, he could be just the spark that they need in their pursuit of top flight football again.

Gayle has not yet featured for his parent club this season, so will probably be available and seeking a move away from St James’ Park in January, but Leeds will not the the only club interested in the 28-year-old’s signature.

The fans at Elland Road can be forgiven for being pessimistic after they have endured many knock-backs since the turn of the century, but with the hope and potential the club and their supporters had going into the 2019/20 season, the latest revelation will leave many people with a sour taste in their mouths.