After years of misery, things could be changing for Leeds

Three wins on the bounce and five in six matches has seen Leeds United climb from a potential relegation battle, to the comfort of mid-table.

The Whites are now ten points above the relegation zone and if recent form is anything to go by, the threat of playing League One football next season is now all but over.

It has been a remarkable change of fortunes for Leeds after falling to within just a point of the drop zone in early January are were really struggling to put a string of results together. But under Neil Redfearn, there finally seems to be some stability on the pitch and, at long last, the club can start to look forward rather than continually over its shoulder.

Redfearn is currently the fourth manager Massimo Cellino has hired since officially taker over in April last year. The constant change in manager hasn’t helped matters on the pitch, with Leeds struggling for consistency until very recently. Despite this, Cellino looks to have finally got it right with Neil Redfearn but the main thing the manager needs is time and patience to build a team capable of challenging for promotion.

He needs to be given some faith when a few results go against him because he has shown until now that he is able to get the best out of the current group of players, who seems as though they are enjoying playing under him.

Along with Redfearn, another reason why Leeds have suddenly got themselves well and truly out of trouble is down to their goalkeeper. Marco Silvestri was signed from Cheivo in the summer and has been a stand-out performer so far this term. The 23-year-old Italian has won points on his own and kept the team in games at times throughout the season and will surely be in high demand once the transfer window re-opens in the summer.

Silvestri has been consistent throughout the season, with several stand-out performances. In August he produced a fine man-of-the-match display against Bolton, which helped his side win 1-0. He also made fantastic saves in both the victories over Bournemouth and Middlesbrough, with last weekend’s performance arguably his best of the season so far.

Against Middlesbrough, the young keeper made at least three tremendous saves along with constant blocks that kept the home side at bay. It is safe to say that Silvestri was the main reason why Leeds came away with an impressive away win and has been one of the best goalkeepers in the league. Knowing how important a quality goalkeeper is at this level, the club will be desperate to keep hold of him for as long as possible.

Leeds have been through an extremely tough ride in the past decade or so. With no Premier League football since 2004, and a three year spell in League One, it is only now that the club looks as stable as it has been for many years. With a manager who has been performing excellently since taking charge and a team that is starting to look exciting, perhaps for the first time in a long time there is hope amongst the Leeds United faithful.