With all the takeover talk bounding around Elland Road these days it may well have gone unnoticed that Neil Warnock’s Leeds have steadily been building momentum over the last few weeks.

After a reasonable, though not explosive, start, most of us stood staring blankly at the squad list with more than just a twinge of pessimism. Nobody doubted that the players Warnock had brought in would be more than up for the fight, but we appeared to have an alarming lack of depth, and quality, in almost every area on the pitch.

With that in mind, nobody expected much. Mid table by Christmas, at best.

What we weren’t expecting, even if we knew it was a possibility, was the way in which Warnock would galvanize the threadbare squad that he did have into becoming a serious threat in the division. Over the last three games Leeds have seriously got into gear, with impressive individual and team performances throughout.

After the win against Bristol City I thought to myself – this is it, we’re finally watching real Neil Warnock performances. The kind of performance where you see players throwing themselves at every ball, playing for their team mates, for their manager, and perhaps more importantly, playing with the personal pride and passion that is expected by anyone pulling on the white shirt.

Prior to our win over Nottingham Forest we hadn’t really got going, but over the last few weeks something has clicked. Before it, I couldn’t see us making a go of the season without the investment from the proposed takeover arriving quickly, but now I see the bigger picture. Warnock has repeated all along that until anything is announced he will carry on as if it isn’t happening, and you can see that he truly believes that he can get his current side promoted with or without new owners.

That has to be good news for Leeds. Neil Warnock is no rookie, he’s experienced enough now to know whether he’s chasing a lost cause or not and you can see the energy he’s got for the job, he practically burst with pride after every goal. The man knows what it takes to get promotion and he can see it happening with Leeds. In his mind, he’s focused on the roar at full time when he finally seals our return to the Premier League.

The players confidence is growing day by day, they’ve had a battle mentality installed and you can see that they fear nobody. Against Everton, a team full of Premier League players, they didn’t sit back and look to counter, they took the game straight to them from the word go and never looked back. Every ball got chased down and scrapped for, by players that seemed almost possessed.

So here we are now, with games coming thick and fast and a team that are proving themselves to be more than up for the fight. The squad does still need additions, but you try telling the current team that they aren’t good enough for promotion.

This team really do have what it takes, because Warnock has made them so. For the first time in a long time we’re supporting a team that wants this as much as we do and a manager that will stop at nothing to make sure we get back to where we want to be.

Leeds are finally on their way back, marching on again, together.

 

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  • ianlufc
    2 years ago

    dont get cocky yet we have only played a handfull of games we’ll have to wait and see where we are at christmas before saying where going to go back up

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  • Lorralorimer
    2 years ago

    I know it’s a bit premature, given that we’ve only won three on the trot, but at least reading this kind of stuff instils you with a bit of optimism. Good on ya!

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  • Filzmoos White
    2 years ago

    Steve, I understand where you’re coming from, but as ianlufc says, it’s a little early to be too optimistic. We’ve had too many false dawns, where the team seems to be coming together, only for that momentum to be lost within a relatively short period of time. A full season needs a strong squad to maintain that momentum and, even though the current players are coping with the games, the squad has not enough strength in depth for around 50 matches. The big test will come in January, when we’ll see if the board really will back the manager with the needed cash. Next year the Premiership pays the clubs in the division 70% more than this year due to the TV rights being renewed. We rerally need to get in this year, otherwise the gap will open up between the top 2 divisions even more.

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  • David Dean
    2 years ago

    Deluded optimism. There is not a cat in hell’s chance of promotion without the investment. The squad needs 2 or 3 decent players now in the emergency window and then the 2 or 3 “stella” signings that Warnock expected in the summer in addition to those he did sign. Then we would have a chance of promotion. Warnock is great and will do the job with the right tools. The team is on a great run and have been magnificent but to think this can continue without additions is blind faith of the highest order – I really hope you are right though!

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  • Don
    2 years ago

    I was really surprised we did so well against Wolves and Forest, but we have looked very poor at times against the better sides. We will realistically finish in the top 12, but to finish top 6 means to finish above a lot of sides I can’t in all honesty say we’re better than. and even then top 6 guarantess nothing. We will continue to struggle at Elland Road, where crowds have been poor for 7 years, due to the sheer number (often 20,000) of empty seats

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    • steve
      2 years ago

      Poor crowds for 7 years! We averaged 27000 in the third division. Every team is taking points of each other at the moment.Blackpool played us off the park but I bet we’d give them a game if we played them now. Also, we never struggled against Everton with an unusually small crowd for such a high profile game. I think we are holding our own and when, not if the takeover happens I’m sure the crowds will rise substantialy and with the crowd fully behind the team who knows! Keep the faith.

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  • Mike Roscoe
    2 years ago

    Let’s try not to get so worked up about this. Neil is doing a great job and it just goes to show what a good manager can get out of his players. The Blackburn and Hull matches were actually great and matches that really we only lost through bad luck. Our team was still getting to know each other and now their gelling together they’re playing like true warriors. Of course investment will help but give Neil a big pat for what he’s achieving so far.

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