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Morning Leeds-in for 5 January: Is the Sleeping Giant waking up?

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Is the “Sleeping Giant” of English football starting to wake up?

Leeds are not only leading the Championship in terms of attendance, but are the team with the highest published attendance in the 2nd tier of any league in Europe. This is great news. Leeds is one of the traditional powers of English football, and to have them exiled outside of the top flight for over a decade now has meant that a true “sleeping giant” has been created. With the increase in attendance because of the hope of a return to the top flight, the club is better off right now than at any point since Leeds were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2003-04 season. Andrea Radrizzani said that Kenny Dalglish called Leeds “a sleeping giant” and he wasn’t wrong. Will the giant awaken this year?

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Leeds made the deal for Yosuke Ideguchi official. [Through It All Together]

Kalvin Phillips believes there is “so much more to come” for him at Leeds. [Yorkshire Evening Post]

England and English Football Links

Pedro Obiang and Son Heung-min traded special goals as West Ham United held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at Wembley. [Brace The Hammer]

Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho laughs off speculation that he’s headed elsewhere. Because he’s a one team man, that Mourinho. [The Independent]

A Sunderland fan who now lives in the US came back to find the Stadium of Light a much different place than he remembered. [Roker Report]

World Football Links

Club America is going after some big names from Europe in order to get back into the discussion of best team in LigaMX. [ESPN.com]

A very, very early power ranking in LigaMX as the Clausura is set to kick off this weekend. [ESPN.com]

MLS revealed its schedule today. [MLS Soccer.com]

The Philadelphia Union start their schedule against the New England Revolution, and end it with a visit to New York City FC. Of course, with potential baseball conflicts who knows where that final match will be played? [The Brotherly Game]