Latest winning run settles nerves
21 Mar 2015 10:52 am, by YorkshireSquare
Football fans love a moan don’t they, and as Leeds fans we’ve got used to having a good chunter after the last few years we’ve had. Since the turn of the year we’ve had a great run though, 5 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in our first 8 games of 2015. We rose from a potential relegation scrap to mid-table safety and potential dreams of the play offs. Though we are still a pretty long shot in the football betting markets for promotion to the Premier League. It’s perhaps understandable then that after the defeats to Brighton and Watford some Leeds fans has a good old moan about stuff. Sol Bamba who had been declared the best defensive signing since Lucas Radebe was suddenly the worst defender anyone had ever seen and Neil Redfearn having secured 17 points in just two months was suddenly clueless.
This latest run of three wins and a draw was great then for quelling those grumbles, for settling those nerves. Our young team is something we can really be proud of, they are improving every game and with a little bit of strengthening in the summer they could really achieve something next year. The icing on the cake was the three nil victory against Fulham mid-week. It would be fair to say they were all over us for the first half an hour, their £12 million strike-force had 27 shots in the game but we held firm and took our chances. A goal against the run of play from the ever improving Sam Byram before half time and one from the beaming Sol Bamba after the break secured the points for Leeds. A game we would certainly have lost earlier in the season but the character and confidence of this squad is really showing now.
With relegation no longer a worry we can look forward. Some may be glancing up at the play off places but with a 14 gap and only 24 points available that would be a tall order. For me we should be taking a look at some of the players who have not featured this year but have shown promise within the development squad. Montenegro and Del Fabro both deserve a go and it will be good to take a look at them in the first team ahead of making a decision on their loan deals at the end of the season. Granddi N'Goyi also came with good reviews but having aggravated an existing injury shortly after arriving has not featured so far. Having returned to training in the last few weeks it would be good to see him in action before the end of the season. Decisions will also have to be made on Adryan, but with him not having featured recently maybe Redfearn has already made his mind up there.
This season has all been about the youth though with Taylor and Cook emerging as first team players joining their fellow academy graduates Mowatt and Byram in the starting eleven. The question is who will be the next to break through? Zac Thompson and Chris Dawson will certainly be hoping they get their chance to prove themselves before the season is over.