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Leeds United assistant's comment on Leeds fans is over optimistic

Paul Raynor says Leeds fans can see what he and Steve Evans are trying to do.

Leeds United assistant boss Paul Raynor held a press conference yesterday ahead of next Monday's clash with Middlesbrough.

Raynor, assistant to head coach Steve Evans, was faced with a deluge of questions amid mounting protests over owner Massimo Cellino.

In doing so he made a comment about supporters being able to see what he and Steve Evans are trying to achieve at the club, but is his view over optimistic?

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "What we focus on and what we have to focus on is the support the fans give us which has been absolutely incredible.

"If we don’t play well we can see that. We hear the booing and we’re not silly, we understand it. But the backing has been fantastic because they see what we’re trying to do."

Unfortunately a range of decisions made since Evans arrival have balanced out the positive progress.

Evans has been a big improvement on Uwe Rosler, but Leeds remain a team stranded in mid-table obscurity in the Championship, unlikely to even threaten finishing in the top 10 places.

Continuing to pick Scott Wootton at right-back rather than give Lewie Coyle a chance is one disappointing aspect, while a refusal to give summer signings Jordan Botaka or Lee Erwin chances remains as bemusing as under-21 top scorer Casper Sloth's exile.

Yet all of this pales in significance to the club's failure to add a striker in the transfer window, failing with a desperate late bid for Sam Winnall, while The Yorkshire Evening Post also reported failed moves for Middlesbrough's Kike and Hull's Sone Aluko.

Even the much discussed move for Kyle Lafferty on loan appears no closer, despite key striker Chris Wood remaining out injured.

Owner Massimo Cellino bears his own share of responsibility in this regard, but for Raynor to suggest fans have a clear picture of what he and Evans are doing... is wide of the mark.

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