Leeds star on big difference to now, and when he signed in 2012

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Jason Pearce says the foreign arrivals at Leeds are a positive.

Despite only two seasons being between his arrival from Portsmouth to the present day, he says the change has been staggering.

He told the Leeds official website: “It is very different. When I first came to the club nearly everyone was English"

“There were obviously a few foreign lads like Dioufy. I think that it is becoming like that in the English game, it is very continental.

“The players that have come in are good players and good lads. Hopefully that will improve the side.”

Leeds signed 15 players over the summer, with a number from Italy thanks to the Massimo Cellino connection, with sporting director Nicola Salerno leading the transfer policy.

The changes are so important that Salerno said this week the foreign legion at Leeds was a major major behind their decision to appoint Darko Milanic, a manager who can speak five languages, including fluent Italian.

Pearce told Leeds United TV this week that Milanic's early training sessions had even suggested at a continental approach, and changing the formation accordingly.

Leeds have the coach to match their playes, but Milanic has also stated he know all about the fighting spirit of English football, and is unlikely to be doing away with the core of talented Brits at the club, from captain Pearce to young sensation Lewis Cook.

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