By Seán Ryan
For the last ten years Leeds United have been stuck in the doldrums of the Championship and, for a hellish three years, League One. It was an awful time for one of England's and the world's most colourful teams. But with new investment on the way and an ambitious young manager at the helm things are finally starting to look up for Leeds.
Leeds have a massive fan base all over the world, a top of the range training ground an academy that has produced the likes of Harry Kewell, Jonathan Woodgate, Alan Smith, Paul Robinson, Johnny Howson, Fabien Delph, Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt and a Premier League standard ground. Then, in a league of there own, the fans. Elland Road is a tight, enclosed stadium, where the atmosphere is always electric. Even when Leeds dropped into League One in 2007 Elland Road was still averaging 23,000 for home games. Our fans are one of the main reasons why we will become title contenders once again. When you think about it when we get back into the Premier League there will be 40,000 odd at every game. The club shop sales will go through the roof and bang we’ve big investment to bring in top quality players.
Teams like Manchester City and Chelsea have been bought by multi-billionaires in order to spin a profit and as a pastime to some of their owners. But no team has ever had the history of success that Leeds United do. History will show these backers that if they invest right the fans will stand for nothing less than success, both domestically and in Europe. The club’s history will demand it, the fans will demand it and so will the owners. Which should breed it. Investment would bring back the glory days that fans my age never saw and will also attract new fans.
Leeds is the biggest club in Yorkshire and has the potential to become one of the biggest clubs in world football. Top class players would come to play in Leeds because of the history of the club and the sheer potential that it has. All that needs to be done now is someone to start it and Brian McDermott seems to be doing it. Leeds has the team to go up and with Ross McCormack banging in the goals they are very well capable of going up in style. The Championship is unpredictable so a string of decent results will see us grab one of the top two spots.
The last reason why I think that we will become one of the top four again is because there is no team in the Premier League bar Hull and they will never be more than a bottom half of the table team. The Premier League needs a team from Yorkshire to be challenging and Leeds is the best for the job. All that needs to be done is the signing of some top quality players. We have some tremendous talent coming through the academy that is good enough to rival Dave O’Leary’s team so they should be given a chance. Look at Southampton and how they’ve progressed. Leeds can be better we just have to take the chance.
Once Leeds gets promoted they will be there to stay. The first year will be survival, second year mid-table and third year top four. Leeds United are on the rise again and the glory days of the Don Revie era, the title-winning year of 1992 and the Champions League campaigns of the early 2000’s are on the horizon once again. Premier League beware we’re coming home . . .