By Mike Courtney
Now that the "Takeover Saga" can be put to bed for the next few weeks, it is time to focus on football and a big week ahead as we head into games against the league leaders and two others vying for play off places. Coming off the back of such a bad run of late I wasn't particularly looking forward to the home games against Palace and Leicester and the short trip to face our old Gaffer "Larry" up at Huddersfield. But what a difference a day makes as the takeover announcement yesterday morning and the arrival of two new faces has raised my optimism levels, with the rose tinted glasses firmly in place I look forward to a positive week ahead for the mighty Leeds.
It remains to be seen if Tate can fill the void left by the suspension of Pearce at Centre Back. Having read some of the comments made by Swansea supporters about his lack of pace and game time over the past 12 months, it worries me slightly that his first outing could have him up against a certain Mr Zaha who does possess a bit of speed to say the least. If, as Warnock suggests, it is his experience, positional sense and leadership qualities that he has brought him in for well then he may be a good
acquisition as the season progresses but he could be in for a baptism of fire tomorrow if Zaha and Co get a run at him.
Jerome Thomas on the other hand is a signing that excites me, he has that bit of pace and directness that we have been lacking and will cause defenses problems at this level. He is not prolific by any stretch of the imagination but has an eye for goal and if he is match fit can be a match winner. With him and Hall on the flanks we might ask more questions of teams than we have been doing of late and with the return of McCormack to the squad and Poleon from a loan spell at Bury, we will pose more of a threat in the last third. Again as with Tate there are doubts about Thomas's match fitness and granted he is no Luke Varney (which is a good thing), but his signing does show that GFH are willing to back Warnock in the transfer market.
These two loanee's are only a stop gap, I hope, to supplement our injury ravaged and suspension littered squad, come January we will see the true level of backing by the new owners when Warnock gets his chance to splash out on the New Year Sales. Until then all we can hope is that we can remain in touch with the playoff spots and not be flirting with the relegation places, starting with some positive results this week to keep the home fans smiling.
Leeds 2 Palace 0
Leeds 3 Leicester 1
Huddersfield 1 Leeds 1
I am an optimist after all.
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