By K.G Bailey
A few days has passed now since the transfer of Snods to Norwich. The dust hasn’t yet settled, but is this as bad as some Leeds fans believe it is?
I think back to when our 1992 winning midfield was slowly dismantled, or in more recent times when players like Rio Ferdinand, Jon Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, Harry Kewell, O Dacourt, Mark Viduka all had to leave because of the financial position of the club. Those were hard times & really disheartening to see these players at their peak or just approaching it leave, on the cheap.
The last few years we have lost a key player per year, but we didn’t have investment (still pending) coming in & we didn’t have Neil Warnock who will know how to replace Snods.
Of course we should have added around Snods, but it was clear from his body language & interviews after his transfer to Norwich that he wanted to go & play in the premier league, a move I don’t begrudge him as he did reject it last year. I’m not downplaying Snods' talent, he was the best at Championship level, but in Warnock we have a manager who knows what to buy to get out of this league.
In his previous promotions his teams haven’t played Barca football, but they have been solid and real tough to beat which you can see he’s building right now at Elland Road & he has players who really want to play at ER & have something to prove.
If Snods had stayed would it have been right to keep someone who would have moped about? Not at all. The players here now want to do their best & want to give everything to get promoted.
Keep the faith. This WILL be a great year. MOT.