Five reasons for Leeds United fans to be positive

Uwe Rosler

Adam Pearson may have left the club, but Leeds United have plenty to be positive about.

Leeds United are in the early stages of yet another season in the Championship, striving to get back into the Premier League.

While too early to accurately predict whether they will be successful, there are genuine reasons for supporters to be positive at present.

That comes despite the recent resignation of chief executive Adam Pearson, and uncertainty surrounding Sam Byram's future.

Here are five good reasons for fans to be happy with the direction the club is moving in...

Just one defeat in eight games

Leeds are looking like a solid side this season, inspired by Sol Bamba's leadership at the back. They have lost only one Championship game, and that was by a single goal.

They have fought back to claim draws against Burnley and Brentford, and had it not been for a late goalkeeping error, they would have won away to Bristol City.

The flip side is Leeds have only one win in eight games, but fans should take the positives out of their record, which leaves them in the top 10 and at this early stage just one point off the play-off positions.

This time last year Darko Milanic had just been appointed

It was on September 23rd last year that Leeds United appointed Slovenian coach Darko Milanic. Fans had to sit through six games of turgid football, with no wins, which saw him sacked within a month.

He was at that stage the third manager of the season, taking into account Neil Redfearn's caretaker spell, and the club were criticised for their hire and fire approach across the media.

While Massimo Cellino remains like a firework waiting to go off at any moment, this time around there seems to be more stability at the club, and as long as it continues Leeds are on the right path.

Real, actual wingers

Last season Leeds' shortcoming were exposed as the season went on, with a lack of width in the squad. They were forced to play full-backs out of position, but that is to become a thing of the past.

Leeds have invested well this summer although they took their time, in addressing the key deficiency in their squad.

Stuart Dallas is a smart addition, and Jordan Botaka can be an unpredictable game changer. The loan signing of Will Buckley could turn out to be the best of the lot, and the side have the potential really click into form in the coming months.

Chris Wood

In Chris Wood, Leeds might just have successfully replaced former top scorer Ross McCormack. Wood is young, but relishing leading the line for the Championship side, and has shown himself capable if given the right service.

His goal tally is likely to improve with the wingers added to the squad, and if Leeds are to stand a chance of winning promotion then he will be key.

Club owner Massimo Cellino takes his fair share of flak and rightly so, but his commitment to spend the £3 million required to sign Wood deserves real praise.

Paul Hart's return

Neil Redfearn's departure has been a real sour note amidst the positive steps forward this summer, with fears expressed for what could become of Leeds' famed academy without him.

Earlier this month Leeds appointed the perfect replacement, Paul Hart, who oversaw the development and breakthrough of first team players in the 1990s.

The production line of talent keeps on coming, as evidenced by the under-18 side's 9-2 demolition of QPR at the weekend.

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