By Andy Gregory
There are alot of mixed feelings regarding Leeds' preparations for this coming season, with alot of the headlines being dominated by the potential takeover of the club. Personally I've given up contemplating what could happen with the takeover that has dragged on for so long, when and if it happens we can all get excited..
The new season is approaching fast and all I'm interested in is how the squad is shaping up, and looking forward to kick- off. So far, I think Warnock is doing an excellent job in building a squad with his hands tied and after a slow start to this summer's recruitment drive, the two area's that have needed addressing most for the last few seasons finally seem to be sorted.
It's been known for a long time by the fans and anyone who plays us that our defence has been poor, even shambolic and the midfield even before Norwich bought them all has been to easily over- run too many times.
Not everyone is over the moon about some signings, but surely anyone can see that having the choice of Green, Austin, Norris and Brown is a massive improvement on having just Brown, Clayton and sometimes even Pugh in the centre of the park. The same can be said about our defence, we haven't had a settled back four in years and the prospect of having Drury, Pearce, Lees and possibly Peltier at the back to me signals a massive improvement and a solid spine to the team.
Kenny is also an excellent signing, a premiership keeper with experience of getting out of this league. He will also be good to have around the squad, he knows what to expect from Warnock and what the manager wants from the players. It must be a good for the other players to have someone who know's what it's all about and what is expected from day one.
We need a few flare players and a proven goal scorer now, but at least we have a strong foundation to build on. It is obviously a blow to lose Snodgrass, but he isn't irreplaceable. As much as he has been good for us during the last four years, in a season where we want to gain promotion, we don't need unsettled players that by the manager's own admission "Have had their head turned". We need 100% committed players focused on getting us up. Hopefully the funds from Snoddy's sale will now be used to buy the remaining few players we need
I personally feel we are in a better position with a stronger squad than we have had for quite some time and a manager that knows how to get out of this league. He is still working on bringing in "The crucial players", so lets sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. I may be wrong but I for one believe this time next season we will be looking forward to Premiership football.... MOT!