Leeds United's September in focus - How do they grade?

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We take an in-depth look at Leeds United's September.

As a new era begins at Leeds United we look back at the last month that the club have had. 

The Story of September

Leeds United's September has been another tumultuous month at Elland Road.

After parting with David Hockaday at the end of August the club have set about climbing up the table and, under the guidance of Neil Redfearn they made a good attempt at it. 

Wins over Bournemouth and Huddersfield were backed up with a draw against Birmingham City at the start of the month, but he still did not do enough to persuade Massimo Cellino to appoint him on a permanent basis.

Instead, the Italian owner turned to Darko Milanic, but the honeymoon period for the new boss is already over after a loss to Brentford last weekend.

Positives

Momentum: Redfearn did increase the positivity around Elland Road after what was a disappointing start and there is now genuine excitement about watching the club grow. After climbing away from the drop-zone, the focus should be on the playoff spaces. 

Italian signings: Mirko Antenucci, Marco Silvestri and Guiseppe Bellusci all look brilliant additions for the Whites and if they can build their team around these three then good things will happen. The trio have all made an excellent immediate impression and are some of the most talented players to represent the Whites in recent times.

Negatives

Change: Redfearn seemed to have showed the club the right way to elevate themselves up the league, but Milanic's arrival has rather changed this somewhat. Although the Slovenian insists that he won't make too many drastic alterations to his predecessors' reign, the start he made - a 2-0 defeat to Brentford - has been slightly worrying.

Billy Sharp: It was a goalless month for the man who expected to fire Leeds to success this season. Sharp's arrival brought great optimism to the clubs' supporters at the start of the year, but his spell so far has been unproductive and he will need to start hitting the back of the net soon if he is to stay in the team.

Overall: B - This was a much improved month for Leeds, but there are still developments which can be made. Milanic is under pressure to achieve right away and tonight's game against Reading already looks as if it could have major implications on the way that his time at the helm goes. 

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