Every football fan thinks that there is something unique and special in his football club, and until you have lived your life in it, you cannot say otherwise whether you are Reading FC, MK Dons or Leeds United.
Anyone who has survived one minute at Leeds United will agree that there is something intangible in its composition that changes you, sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worse. Even if we could, we are not sure whether we would like to bottle it, bury it deep in the sea, or hand it over to the authorities for the benefit of humanity and its future existence.
To follow Leeds United or play or manage Leeds United requires some kind of corporate responsibility; a way of thinking borrowed from the Foreign Legion that fits perfectly. “The general spirit of camaraderie, enthusiasm and dedication among the members of the group, for example, the military unit” describes the unspoken understanding of Leeds fans that everything you can imagine – and much that you cannot – will happen to you, and yet it will not break you, in fact it will make you stronger.
2010s ended with a suitable result
The last decade illustrates this perfectly from beginning to end; From winning the FA Cup 1-0 at Old Trafford against the current Premier League champions as a first league club, to the psychedelic madness that was a 5-4 victory in Birmingham on Sunday, the 2010s embody an innate Leeds United’s ability to find new ways to deal with blindfolds with conventions, power, and oneself.
One day someone will tell a story, but you won’t believe it, and, in any case, where does the story end? When Stewart Dallas put Leeds 4–3 on St Andrews on Sunday, I tweeted that the next Amazon Prime documentary should be entitled “Take Us to the Hospital,” because wherever “Home” is, this is the safest place for us, and yet we had two more turns to the story that we all had to face.
Amazon second series: take me to #lufc hospital
– John Howe (@ jonhowe1971) December 29, 2019
There must be other football clubs that face this unmistakable influence of the chaos caused by ourselves, and, if any, we need to create some kind of exchange program and agree on a structured path to self-healing, but until then we “We only got each other .
While Leeds United spent ten years developing rapidly, Leeds United fans went everywhere with them. When everything around you changes, you need to keep one constant, and in Leeds United even the icon changes, so the name and fans are all that we have left. From promoting the First League, Leeds fans suffered a decade of stifling stagnation, incorporating enough moral, legal, and financial smoke and mirrors to test the most ambitious screenwriter. The last seven years of the previous decade were not a picnic either.
All of this together affects your judgment and rationale at key points, and this means that all the good things your club does doesn’t mean anything until you reach your final goal. And that is why it is always clear when Leeds fans get nervous at the slightest glitch. This is not to say that we cannot point out a few examples in recent history to support our paranoia.
It may be rude to say that Marcelo Bielsa’s outrageous appointment was like Leeds United crawling home after a week-long inflection with some comrades with an apologizing bouquet of flowers, but it was a gesture that was very welcome and still needed some foundation and some work to enable it to develop into a fruitful future and an end result that all parties want to see. Perhaps Leeds United did so by obediently satisfying Bilsa’s many demands for authority, structure, and the working environment in the Thorpe Arch.
And at the end of 2019, Leeds came a turning point for the home, and yet everyone loses their reasoning and logic when the three results do not benefit us, and our defense suddenly opens up like a chasm, even when we win the game. Despite the fact that he is at the top of the league, there are alarming signs, and therefore it is quite reasonable for fans to seek guarantees, pointing to very obvious parallels. I am not a religious person, so just asking for my faith is not enough. I had faith when we were at home 1-0 against 10 of Wigan and 2-0 against Derby. I always have faith, we always have faith, that’s why we are still here after this last decade of the frantic test of faith, so we travel everywhere in the same amount as ten years ago, despite family history, football and undisguised common sense . we are not
Unfortunately, for the owners of football clubs, and especially for the current owners of Leeds United, you cannot just judge one season in isolation. This is accompanied by an eternity of baggage, which carries all expectations, resentments and suspicions. And therefore, no matter how grateful Leeds fans are for Marcelo Bielsa and for the wonderful memories of (some) last season, the thought of repeating it is too painful to understand.
And now we are reaching the “difficult” January transfer window with very detectable shortcomings that appear in the Leeds team, and although, yes, we recognize that this is not the best time for business, people still do. Many hours have passed since the end of August, and in the spirit of Bielsa’s endless pursuit of every available information, I would expect our recruiting team to scour the world several times to find a list of possible goals to fulfill any accident that might open
Some of them are more obvious than others, and although we know that Bilsa loves a small detachment, the departures of Jack Clark and Eddie Nketia offer opportunities for one-on-one replacement. Bilsa does not have many demands for hiring, but has already expressed the need to replace Nketia – if he leaves – Leeds cannot afford to let him down again. Elsewhere, I would not expect that much will change in defensive resources, despite some obvious concerns, and a substitute goalkeeper may seem like a smart move. In addition, Adam Forshaw’s continued and mysterious absence suggests that we may have to look for the Spaniards “oh, look, squirrel” to see if Bielsa really tried to distract us from the bad news at recent press conferences. The sense of control Forshaw is currently severely absent in midfield and needs to be replaced if his absence is long-term.
I fully understand the problem arising from the fact that the players were up to date with Bielsa’s mentality, system and requirements in the middle of the season, but Leeds United should now mean business. Be that as it may, the talks in Leeds in January should be the same. Because there is an opportunity that they cannot afford to miss again. You can point out failure, pressure, and nerves once, but you cannot use the same excuse twice if you cannot convince yourself that you did everything possible to avoid this.
Leeds fans don’t ask for much. They simply ask the players to “continue to fight” and not leave any regrets on the field. The current players delivered this to the man. And if the club can reach the end of January and sincerely say that he could not do more for promotion from here, then that’s all we can ask of them too.
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