Five things we've learned about Leeds United from the first 15 games of the season

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Leeds United have hit the 15 game mark in the Championship, but what have we learned about them?

Massimo Cellino is as advertised

When Cellino took over the club, many fans took to the internet to find out what their new owner was like. What they found as a many who went through 36 managers in 22 years at Cagliari, and that's continued at Elland Road after the departures of Brian McDermott, David Hockaday and Darko Milanic. Controversial, but desperate to succeed, and he's unsurprisingly used his contacts in Italy to bring players to Leeds.

Leeds have another crop of talented youngsters

Recent years have seen the likes of James Milner, Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Aaron Lennon, Scott Carson and Jonny Howson come through the ranks at Leeds, and we could be seeing another impressive group of prospects now. Sam Byram has been on the radar for some time now, but the emergence of Alex Mowatt, Chris Dawson and Lewis Cook is a testament to the work done in the youth and development setup by new manager Neil Redfearn.

Fans don't like the midfield diamond

Throughout the season, Leeds have used a diamond in midfield - under Hockaday, under Milanic and under Redfearn, too. It seems like it's something being pushed forward by Cellino given how many Italian teams play in that way, but fans are frustrated at the lack of width offered. Redfearn may look to go back to playing with wingers, and despite having some talented central midfielders, supporters are ready for a change.

Adryan needs to be given a real chance

When Leeds snapped up Brazilian playmaker Adryan from Flamengo, fans were ecstatic to have landed a youngster who had already dazzled defences during his time with the Brazil youth sides. Yet so far, the 20-year-old has been limited to just three appearances, and whilst he needs to build up his fitness, Adryan has the flair and technical ability to help Leeds during his season-long loan spell.

Stability is needed

The Cellino era is exciting, but Leeds have already been made to look foolish with their almost monthly sackings, and fans need to see some stability at the club. It's odd to think that the last time a manager was truly secure was when Simon Grayson brought the club back up to the Championship, and fans have to hope that another Yorkshireman - Redfearn - will get the same backing.

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