By Farai Diza
The Slovenia calling started well and ended badly. A win against an amateur team and two slim defeats from professional clubs left a lot to be desired. The lack of natural wingers and the same old story - a centre back. But it was the gleam of hope that mattered at the end of the day.
Manager Brian McDermott endeared himself with Leeds faithful after he handed out a clean €50 note to travelling fans in Slovenia who successfully challenged him to buy them a round.
The famous picture of Big Mac handing out the bill spread across the internet shadowing Barack Obama's trip to Africa. Hopefully it won't be the last time that Leeds dominates headlines.
But the real business peddles into motion on the 3rd of August when the "Whites" tackle highly placed championship contenders Brighton in the first game of the 2013/14 season. It will take more than €50 for Brian to build and craft a formidable team that will bring Arsenal, Chelsea and the noisy Manchester neighbours for Premiership games at our beloved Elland Road fortress.
The Championship is going to be tougher this year than last year and that’s why it’s important that Brian gets the players who he wants in and that they get a good start. The bald shaven mentor has brought in a few new faces now which is a good thing but there’s no doubting he will still be looking.
My big concern is that future signings will be dependent on player leaving although quite a number were already released at the end of the season. I get the feeling that funds are still very limited and that future signings may be difficult enough.
The fact is that a top 6 spot is the only realistic target for Leeds and the signings made so far aren't enough to change a mid-table team into a top 6 team. If we had better players other clubs would want to buy them and Brian would be able to wheel and deal to improve the team.
At the moment it looks like we are going to be stuck with a lot of midfielders no-one wants and that's going to make it difficult to build a team that can finish in the
top 6. I have no doubt, though, that Brian is just going to be the darling of Leeds United fans globally. At least if he dishes out more than €50 by guiding us back to the promised land.