Well, the 2015/2015 season is all but over for the Whites. We're safe from relegation and the hope of making the play-offs are just a step too far. All that is left for the remainder of this campaign is to give some of the younger players a run out and build as much confidence as possible for next season. It may be a little premature, but lets have a glance at what the Leeds United faithful might have in store come August.
Academy graduates developing even further
If there's one thing that can be pin pointed to being the highlight of 2015 for Leeds fans everywhere it has to be the emergence of Lewis Cook. The 18-year old wonderkid has been an absolute joy to watch this season and although he has to score for the first team he has set Elland Road alight with his adventurous runs and his youthful exuberance. Just like Alex Mowatt last season and Sam Byram the year before, Cook has given United supporters hope that the future of our great club is still bright.
Over the years the LUFC Academy has produced some fantastic players who have gone on to enjoy successful careers for, both, club and country. James Milner, Aaron Lennon, Fabian Delph, Paul Robinson, Jonathon Woodgate, Harry Kewell are just some of the more recent graduates to of come through the academy's doors.
Fair to say that is quite some list , but I have absolutely no problem with saying that Cook is set to become the greatest player our club has produced. One of, if not the biggest priorities for the club come the summer transfer window is to tie the likes of Cook, Mowatt, Byram and Taylor down to extended contracts and fend off some of the Premier League sides who are rumoured to be interested in our recent crop of youth.
For the first time in a long time Leeds United have a strong base to build a squad ho are more than capable of getting back into the top flight of English football.
Possibly new ownership
If you're anything like me, you'll be sick to the back teeth of reading and talking about owners at Leeds.
Now, Massimo Cellino may have his fans. Cellibers I believe their called by some. But for in my personal opinion, he is not the right man to guide this club tosuccess, and I think he is starting to realise that.
There has been a number of rumours circulating around the internet about who is interested in buying the club. One of which is Hollywood royalty, Russell Crowe, who is a life long Leeds fan after falling for them during the glory days in the 1970s. Crowe's track record with his Australian Rugby League side, South Sydney, is impressive.
Since purchasing a 50% share in the Rabbitohs the Gladiator actor has taken his boyhood Rugby team from being bottom feeders to their first title in over 40 years. Can he do the same with Leeds?
A new team spirit
It took a while but I think we've actually got there. We may actually have some kind of team spirit amongst the ranks at Elland Road. It was a bit of a shakey start but now it seems that this group of players actually gives a damn. For years we've had nothing but journeymen, simply looking for their next pay packet. But watching this team week in week out it's clear that there is heart in this set of players.
Maybe it's the core group of youngsters who have been playing together for a number of years, progressing through the different age groups at the same time or maybe it's what Neil Redfearn has instilled in his team. What ever it is it seems to be working and, in their current form Leeds look set to end the season as one of the more in form teams in the Championship.