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5 important things Leeds United have done so far

3. Ridding of demons. If truth be told, it was imperative for the club to be free from its demons of old in order to be able to start to step forward. The first step needed to be the Radrizzani total takeover of the Whites, nothing else would have sufficed. I’m not going to get into a semantic tug-o-war over what/if any benefit Cellino brought to the club, for progress to be made he simply had to leave.

The next step in this process must be to clear out Charlie Taylor and Giuseppe Bellusci. Taylor is mooted to be heading to the Premier League with Burnley in a transfer that simply must go through. After refusing to play for Leeds in their last game of the season there is no return to the fold. From the ‘Refusenik One’ to a member of the original ‘Sicknote Six’ in Giuseppe Bellusci, same rule applies. Many fans would prefer that Bellusci is cut free from the club, given a free transfer rather than have him come back to infect the club with his cankerous nature.

2. Solid platform into a springboard. Last season, if Leeds fans are honest, was a very pleasant surprise. After two seasons of mediocre football under the stewardship ship of Massimo Cellino, the Whites finally got it right. A typical Leeds start led to rumours that Garry Monk was a gonner after just six games, but the hierarchy stood by him and results picked up. Only a big blip and drop of form saw the Whites end up in something less than ‘Seventh Heaven’.

But the lessons seem to be being learned. Last season’s solid platform is being built upon and is not being seen by fans as a solid springboard for this season’s push to the play-offs and above. The bulk of last season’s squad is still there, admittedly there are gaps, and this is being built upon. That leads on neatly to my last point…

1. Signings are being made. Before, for Leeds fans, it was a case of ‘Rumour #232’ and/or ‘Another Loanee from the Poor Leagues’ when the Whites were looking at players. But that is not the case, not this pre-season. Already five players have been brought in: Hadi Sacko and Pontus Jansson converting loan-to-permanent deals, youngster Madger Gomes being brought in after his Liverpool release and two permanent deals in Mateusz Klich (FC Twente Enschede) and Felix Wiedwald (Werder Bremen).

And there are more in the pipeline too, something that adds renewed hope that the Whites won’t be stretched further than a fat lad’s trousers when the season starts. Two names of prominence that are being mentioned are 12-goal Spanish striker Samu Saiz and 16-goal/14-assist Macedonian winger-cum-striker Ezgjan Alioski – who fans are hoping will be brought in to provide a bristling intent up front. All that remains is for the backline of defence to be bolstered – that’s when the smug grins can widen a little further.

 

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