By Shaun Stone
With the season drawing to a close and many fans wishing it was already over, all eyes will be firmly fixed on our transfer dealings during the summer. Some fans are expecting a mass exodus at Leeds United, where as some are simply wanting a few more quality players to strengthen the current squad.
There is no doubt that we need quality players at the club if we are to mount a serious challenge next season but at what cost?. Will we need to accept a multi-million pound bid for one of our top players?. Will the loss of whomever be justified by adding more quality in to the squad? Are our top players so far ahead of the rest that we can use the cash from their sales to smooth out the team and create an even-balance of decent players? A player is valued highly due to their performance amongst many things and you will find it hard to replace certain individuals. This isn't just about money. What effects will this have on the team if a top player is sold? There are so many things to take in to consideration when selling a player and I fear that the possible sale of any of our top players will have a negative effect on the team, not the mention the fans.
However, I believe we now have a manager at the club that can take us forward, providing he receives the backing that he needs to do his job. In a short space of time Brian McDermott has not only managed to inspire the players but he has also made an impression on most of the fans. I for one feel that this man not only talks the talk, but is prepared to walk the walk. The only drawback with this is unfortunately a manager does not control all aspects of the club. By this, I mean finances of the club. We can all say what we want, but can we pay for it? This is what's on the flip side - when a person inspires you, you can be easily drawn in to a sense of expectancy. Leeds United fans have always expected their team to perform but have been seriously let-down this season. I'm not just referring to the play-style, but the attitude of the players also.
Since Brian McDermott's arrival, the team have looked different, played better. Passed the ball and given the paying fans value for money. This is what happens when a group of individuals are inspired to play for their club and not just for the manager.
Brian McDermott says "We all need to head in the same direction." This is exactly what needs to be done if we are to be successful. "We are Leeds" is chanted by the fans and it's about time this was shown throughout the club, and on the pitch.
There is a lot of history to be proud of at Leeds United, let's start making some more!.