As in most loves of your life, happiness is a close confidant to disappointment and despair. My love of this football club seems to be the exact same for most of the last ten years anyway.
We do seem to build something good only for owners to knock it down like a 'Jenga' tower of bricks and this needs to change.
The talent allowed to walk away from Elland Road is scandalous. I've said it and I'll bloody say it again that allowing our top players has to stop if we are serious about putting this great club back amongst the 'big boys' and I'm not meaning Bournemouth.
Even if this summer the Cherries have spent £30million+ on players, that shows the money the Premiership generates between it's clubs.
The lack of anything major from Cellino has been a bonus. No transporter beaming of bullshit (clever Star Trek link) by the Italian has made Elland Road a more peaceful place. Cellino also seems to have made key appointments; Ben Mansford knows this league and in Gary Monk we have a very capable young Head Coach. If both are left alone things could really take off, but I remember saying the exact same things about Adam Pearson and Uwe Rosler at the start of last season!
This summer six players have been recruited from leagues outside the Championship. Bartley and Grimes came from Swansea in the Premiership, Roofe from Oxford Unuted, Sacko on loan from Sporting Lisbon, Hernandez from Al-Arabi and Antonsson from Sweden. Rob Green also signed on a free from QPR, our first opponents in the 2016/17 season.
Although some the players haven't played in this competitive league I've seen enough to impress me in the preseason games. Although people don't like goalkeepers as captain, I'd say Green is a contender for the armband this season.
We all know the failings of past few seasons has been the defence and unless this area is strengthened I see that we will have to score at least two goals a game to win them.
Bartley will hopefully add strength to the defensive line but both Bamba and Cooper have a mistake in them and after them your looking at youngsters for cover in a vital area of the team.
In Midfield, depending on the style of play Monk chooses, we need a leader to push on the players and if needed can put his foot on the ball. Bridcutt could be that player if we can finally agree terms with Sunderland and then hope that his wages are not out of the club's reach.
Nearly fifteen thousand fans showed their belief in the summer, many more got memberships too. The fans continued support should show the owners that if we believe, they show also some ambition too or are they wanting to repay the twenty five per cent season ticket money?
We aren't asking for stupid spending but the fact is if you don't invest the money from player sales the club will be stuck in this division forever.
I'm not a pessimist but I am a realist and this is my view. It may be wrong but only when March and April come around will my words either be found correct or otherwise but this club, our club, needs to move forward both on and off the pitch.
With the additions I've mentioned I'm confident that we can challenge for the top six and ruffle a few of the recently relegated Premiership teams feathers on the way.
Talk is cheap Mr Cellino, actions on the other hand cost a few quid.
"Show me the money" as a well know film said. If you do you still might deliver things you promised when you took over the club.
By Keith Ingham
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