This Leeds United team would probably go down if the season went on for another couple of months, that’s how bad things have got. It started in the new year and we have sunk like a brick tied to ten other bricks. It’s pointless trying to pick apart what’s gone wrong now because it starts with the owner and goes all the way down to the players. So much is wrong and this summer is so important for this football club because we’re at a crossroads.
If we continue to recruit the way we did last summer we will be in a relegation battle next season, no doubt about it. Foreign players aren’t the issue, Wolverhampton Wanderers will tell you that. The issue is the quality of players brought in, and that all starts with money. Transfer kitties are a discussion that every football fan will have at the beginning of each summer and there will be a mass one regarding what Andrea Radrizzani is going to stump up because according to journalists we need to cut the squad down and sell players in order to bring new ones in and that doesn’t bode well because we need a huge overhaul. The youngsters are better than the experienced players at the moment and it’s down to what we did in the last window.
The summer is a chance to rebuild the squad, we have a few players who we can build the squad around but getting them to stay, despite long-term contracts could be the issue. Pontus Jansson isn’t convincing anyone with what he’s been saying to Swedish media and Samu Saiz has dipped off dramatically since the new year and his six-game-ban. The other players are Adam Forshaw and probably Ronaldo Vieira, then we start to look at the players playing well and at the moment it’s Baily Peacock-Farrell and Pablo Hernandez, and the deal to give Hernandez a new contract doesn’t seem to be moving very fast at all. Whatever happens we will bring in players and some will leave, more than a few hopefully because all of last seasons work has been undone and in terms of importance, I can’t think of any like this summer because these players aren’t up to scratch.
The head-coach is another issue entirely and fans are split, although the majority seem to go in favour of getting rid. Some want stability and are pointing the finger at the recruitment and some are looking at both, all have valid points. Leeds United are still Leeds United, we do seem to get lost during the poor times, we will bounce back from this whether it’s in the next few weeks or next season, it could be longer. Years of hard work can be undone in half the time, we know that as well so it’s important the club learn from everything that’s gone wrong this year and address it, the issue is we won’t know if we have until the summer starts and the window opens.