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Leeds United: 5 things better off – the difference a year makes

What a difference a day makes,
Twenty-four little hours.
Brought the sun and the flowers,
Where there used to be rain.

Whilst the Temptations were singing about the difference in a single day, Leeds United fans could very easily break out into song about the difference at the club over the past year. There have been comings, lots of them, and goings, many high-profile ones, and it is this see-saw/push-pull momentum that has seen a sway in the club.

It is a sway, and it has been a positive sway too with even the most hunkered down, ‘tin hat on’ Leeds United fan having to admit that things are going quite well at the moment. They may thank you, some will go back to grumbling about mundane things such as fortnightly bin collections or other such trivialities.

But, joking aside, this is a definitely different Leeds United side to the one that started off last season with high hopes and expectations from the fans and under new head coach Garry Monk. It isn’t just performances on the pitch though that have changed, and the fans have remained consistently ‘Leeds Leeds Leeds’; there are many things different about the 2017/18 Leeds United vintage.

What a difference a year makes – five things different about Leeds United

1. The Radrizzani Revolution.

‘Revolution’ is perhaps a tad glib in describing the way that Italian Andrea Radrizzani has come in and directed operations at Elland Road since taking over from Massimo Cellino as the club’s owner. Without nit-picking and descending into petty arguments, I’ll just simply say that things are different.

Radrizzani has made many positive moves since the start of the season. Elland Road has been repurchased and brought back into club ownership for the first time in 13 years. Investment has been made in the stadium, with modernisation and an exterior spruce up being two of the more noticeable things done. Transfer signings have been made at all levels of the club, with exciting youngsters brought into the Under-23s, largely from Spain.

If one aspect of ‘revolution’ is the turning over of a different regime then the term stands, and it stands on merit too.

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