Leeds United will be involved in the promotion battle at the end of the 2016/2017 season, something that we so desperately wanted but couldn’t really see when Scott Wootton lost the ball on the last day of the season in May and Preston equalised. Steve Evans waved goodbye and the question marks assembled in huge numbers.
When the club announced that there would be a refund if the club didn’t at least reach the play-offs the fans were pleasantly surprised, would we actually make a go of it? I think most fans expected the money back but certainly didn’t want it back if it meant a promotion chase. It all seemed like it had fallen on its head in the first few weeks, results went against us and the performances were poor, there was talk about Massimo Cellino ending Monk’s reign after one game and the fans were taking sides again, all the hard work of the summer going the wrong way. A month changed all that as Leeds moved up the table with four wins from five. Back on track.
Things then got better as wins came game after game and players began to make serious ripples in the division. Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley began a serious partnership, Luke Ayling grew into Leeds life, Eunan O’Kane arrived and was partnered by young superstar Ronaldo Vieira and Chris Wood was banging in goals on a regular basis. Big games came and went and wins came with them. The odd defeat, Newcastle and Brighton to note a couple came and went without much fuss. As the season has gone on we have edged clear of the teams chasing the play-offs and despite falling back from the top two teams we are in pole position to be in the mix come May.
We have five more games at Elland Road and every single one is sure to be huge. Queens Park Rangers, Brighton, Preston North End, Wolves and Norwich. The atmosphere will be electric as the fans push the players on towards one more game at Elland Road, an extra game that means so much to the fans of the football club. Elland Road is a fortress again and the fans and players have done that together. Cardiff are the only side to take points from Elland Road in months and mathematical history said we need five wins from the last thirteen. Two wins later and we have just three more. That may not be enough but we can win more anyway and secure the spot in the top six. Less than a week before a near full Elland Road is bouncing yet again.