We take a look at Leeds United's progress this term, and look at where the club hopes to be at the end of the season.
Leeds United are a club seeped in expectations, and despite the fact the owners have largely under invested in the team over the years, the aspiration is always the same - promotion, promotion, promotion.
GFH Capital and Leeds manager Brian McDermott were arguably the first positive things to have happened at the club since relegation from the Premier League a full decade ago. And, with Leeds fans seeing their first proper investment in the summer, there were reasons to be optimistic.
Over the last 10 Championship games, Leeds have been the 5th best side in the division. The loss at promotion rivals Nottingham Forest on Sunday, however, will serve as a wake-up call, and after the match McDermott took stock, commenting: 'It's evident where we are, we need to add to the squad. To add to the players we have got. We have a bunch of players who are giving us everything. But we know we need to add to the squad'.
Amid speculation of an impending takeover, there's hopefully more funds in the pot for an influx of personnel in the January transfer window, something McDermott clearly feels he needs to be able to kick on.
Leeds face stiff competition in their quest for a play-off place (automatic promotion looks unlikely), but if their first 23 games are anything to go by, then they're more than capable of claiming a top six position at the end of the season. The signing of Zaliukas has been one of the key reasons behind the club's recent success and of course, the ever-present Ross McCormack will continue to have a positive impact on the team.
The first half of the season has seen a new look Leeds United, miles ahead of where they was under Bates and Warnock - an attractive footballing side with lots of talent. It would be criminal to rule them out of the promotion race.
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