The title of this article is referring to a song that has been frequently ringing around Elland Road for a few months now. “Leeds are going up, going up, Leeds are going up”. The first times it was sung we all laughed and enjoyed a few wins on the bounce. Now every time we take the lead we sing it, and we believe that the players and management are capable of perhaps doing just that.
At the start of the season we were poor. Kyle Bartley struggled alongside Cooper or Bamba and in front of a fumbling Green. Wood was booed onto the pitch and we didn’t even know who Pontus Jansson was. Wood then began his run of form with a tap in against Blackburn and we started beating teams game after game. Blips away at Derby were followed by win after win after win. Indeed we did start to ask questions such as, “Do you think we could make a push for the play-offs?” Little did we know that come the turn of the year we would have only lost another couple of games and were now asking the question, “Could it be possible to catch the top two?” That talk was muted with a few more defeats in recent weeks but the play-offs are now the aim, and we have our destiny in our own control.
Teams like Aston Villa and Norwich were beaten, other sides that came to Elland Road have barely had a sniff. Rob Green hasn’t conceded a goal in over 500 minutes spanning six Championship fixtures at Elland Road which is almost full for home games and is buzzing. It’s not just Elland Road. The city itself has a real buzz about it and online fans from all over the world are sending their support. Pundits and the likes are raving about Garry Monk and his young Leeds United squad and what they could possibly achieve. Fans of other clubs are talking about the current rise at their trips to Elland Road that end in nothing but disappointment. Most of all the fans sing that Leeds are going up and they aren’t just having a laugh.
We all have our reservations and we are right to. We could go on a poor run and finish outside the play-offs and that would just be down to the nature of this league. The Football League is an abyss and you often hear of the teams sinking down and struggling to keep their head above water before you hear of the teams making their way back up towards the Premier League. Leeds United have and always will be a scalp at any level let alone this level. The reactions from Huddersfield and Barnsley fans in recent weeks after wins over us tells you how much it means to their supporters and clubs to get one over on us. I can’t imagine us going up because we have got used to negative thoughts I recent years, can you blame us? One thing that I do know is that I believe in the players and I believe in Garry Monk. That is enough for me to dream of the possibilities currently at the football club.