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7 reasons this season was the start of Leeds’ long-awaited comeback

Yorkshire's sleeping giants may have missed out on the play-offs but all the signs point to bright future

Leeds United may have wobbled at the end of the season but fans have every reason to be hopeful.

Missing out on the play-offs would have hurt but for a team who have finished in the bottom half for the last five seasons, this year;s campaign deserves to be celebrated.

Here’s how Yorkshire’s sleeping giant began to wake up…

1 In Monk We Trust


Nobody can take more credit for Leeds’ revival than manager Garry Monk.

The ex-Swansea boss has organised the defence, shuffled his attacking options when appropriate, and displayed genuine tactical awareness.

More importantly, he understands the importance of a healthy relationship between the club and its loyal fan base.

The role of manager at Elland Road has been a poison chalice in recent times.

Monk deserves to the man to end the run of impatient dismissals that have stained the reputation of a previously great club.

2 United’s Swedish hero


Fierce rivals Man United sing the praises of Zlatan Ibrahimovic but Leeds have their own Sweden international; Pontus Jansson.

The 26-year-old centre-back has become a fan favourite through his committed and passionate displays.

A proper old school defender, as evidenced by his 14 yellow cards this season, his cult hero status brings back memories of the Lucas Radebe era.

A special mention to Kyle Bartley as well, who established a strong understanding with Jansson in their first game together.

The centre-back partners have contributed nine goals between them this season as well; a more than respectable return.

3 A star in the making


18-year-old Ronaldo Vieira has potential to burn.

His name alone demands greatness.

The Portguese defensive midfielder has imposed himself on several games this season will only get stronger with age.

Comfortable with the ball at his feet his game will undoubtedly grow and develop at an impressive rate if he stays at Leeds, a club known for nurturing young talent.

4 A touch of class


Pablo Hernandez won four caps for Spain during their golden era.

The ex-Valencia midfielder has provided much needed experience and creativity in behind Chris Wood up front.

At 32-years-old he may not be around for the entire duration of Leeds’ comeback but fans won’t forget his influence in the early stages.

5 Ace in the pack


Kemar Roofe’s talent blows hot and cold but on his day he’s a match-winner.

His willingness to take players on and drive into dangerous areas draws roars of approval from the Elland Road faithful.

If he can add consistency to his game, fans will be calling for him to start regularly; something that should worry the slower defenders in the Championship.

6 Golden Boot


Chris Wood finished the season as the league’s top scorer with 27 goals.

Everything the big man touched turned to gold as he bullied centre-backs in the air and pounced on any half-chance in the box.

The 25-year-old target man’s exhibition in leading the line has rightfully led to a host of admirers but it’s unlikely he’ll be as prosperous elsewhere.

Leeds’ tactical approach functions around Wood’s ability to hold up the ball and win headers, he can expect a similarly impressive goal tally next season if he stays loyal to the Whites.

7 Cellino Out


Perhaps the most promising sign that Leeds are destined to return to their former glory was the removal of Massimo Cellino.

The controversial Italian sold his 50% stake in the company to Andrea Radrizzani.

Cellino’s eccentricity led to a farcical merry-go-round of managers and sparked a fan revolt.

Fans will hope his exit signals a bright new dawn appropriate for a club so proud of their identity and history.


An active summer and a new contract for Monk will put Leeds among the promotion favourites next season.

On they march, together as always.