As everyone will know – despite their loss yesterday – Leeds United are the closest they’ve ever been to Premier League. Indeed, not every season has been like this. Far from it. Is it finally the year we see the Whites climb back into the promise lands of English football? Considering the nature of the Championship, it’s impossible to say, even at this late stage.
It hasn’t been easy being a Leeds fan in recent years. Multiple below-par league finishes, games that have been thrown away, going through manager after manager, it truly has been as if a tornado has torn through Leeds during the last few years.
Through all of this, it has been crucial that the club does not face the drop out of the Championship, and with spells of good form during each season, they seem to have managed to ride the storm and come out the other end with stability and a HUGE chance for Premier League football.
With the success looking possible, we take a look at a couple of signings that managed to push Leeds through the tough times and have got them to where they are now.
Coming into the side in 2017 for a fee of around £1m, joining from FC Twente, it was not all sunshine and rainbows for the Polish midfielder. In fact, it was an awful start to life in English football it was for the then 27-year-old.
Looking out of place and as if the world was caving in around him, it was a relief once the club had announced he was going out on loan.
Despite all of this, look at the player he is now. What a turn around from the now 28-year-old.
Being one of the first names on the team sheet for Marcelo Bielsa, and fans calling his name, Klich really has shown that he was worth every penny spent.
A 23-year-old? From Chesterfield in League One? What are the club thinking?
That’s at least what most fans must have felt when an inexperienced Cooper came to the club for a fee of under a million pounds.
However since joining, the now 27-year-old has been at the heart of the defence for Leeds United. Putting in performances that other defenders couldn’t and really becoming a foundation that the club could build from, eventually becoming club captain in the 2017/18 season. Yesterday aside, of course.
Looking back now. What a bargain.