Leeds United: Now United are ‘safe’ they need to start planning for next term – Gray

Alex Mowatt celebrates his goal with Steve Morison.
Alex Mowatt celebrates his goal with Steve Morison.
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It’s been a good week for Leeds United with two wins on the bounce.

It was a good victory against Ipswich on Wednesday night and a decent result on Saturday at Wigan. It wasn’t a great game at the DW Stadium, but Leeds are getting into the winning habit and that’s a good thing for the club.

It was a super goal from Alex Mowatt again and we dug in.

Obviously, Neil Redfearn had to make some changes with Sam Byram not fit and Liam Cooper injured as well.

He had to change the side by bringing in Gaetano Berardi and Steve Morison and he will be delighted with the way his players responded.

That’s now seven wins out of 10 – or 21 points out of 30 – and it’s promotion form is that.

Money talks, but hopefully we can hold on to the young players we have got as I think that’s going to be vital.

If you do that every week through the season you are going to be champions, really! That’s top form and the team can go into things with confidence now.

United will want to finish as high as they can and when you look at the league table, they have got 10 games left.

To have any chance of getting into the top six in my opinion, you’d have to win all 10 of them.

Seven out of ten wouldn’t be good enough.

If Leeds do take maximum points then it may be possible and you just go into every game trying to win it, starting with a tough match next Saturday at home to Nottingham Forest.

I think we are still too far away to make the shake-up and I think you are looking at the top seven in the Championship to be fighting it out for promotion and play-off places and that’s it, really.

The good thing for the club now is there is a bit of optimism around the place and hopefully we can go forward.

You can say now that we are going to be in the Championship next season and I think what the club have got to do is start planning for the next campaign.

We need to get a list of players that are capable of getting United into the top six and that’s got to be the priority.

It means keeping the young players at the club as they are progressing and it was a terrific goal again on Saturday for Alex Mowatt.

He’s in great goalscoring form and he is the type of player we need to keep, along with Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor as he has done well, too.

Money talks, but hopefully we can hold on to the young players we’ve got as I think that’s going to be vital.

Football is a strange game and you can never tell but I would think the club would tie up the players.

The young boys have got big futures ahead of them, but I don’t think it would do them any harm to give it at least another go with our club next season and see what happens.

And they are going to need good players around them as they cannot do it on their own.

You have got clubs with a lot of good players and you look at Derby County. They have got some fine young talent and they are still not guaranteed to go up.

You need a solid team and a solid squad but what we can say is that the young players look as though they are going to be the backbone and foundation of a good side.

I just think you’ve got to get everything put in place for the start of next season.

It’s no good two or three months into the season trying to get it all tied up.

If you do that then you are mid-table again.

If you hit the ground running at start of the campaign you can get off to a good start.

That’s been our problem this season, not getting off to a good start and then you are languishing.

Normally, if you had just won seven of your past 10 games you would expect to be up there at the business end.

It just shows goes to show you how poor we were at the early stage of the season.

All in all, I think Neil Redfearn and his staff and the players deserve a lot of credit for the results they have put together.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens but Neil has done very well and you would expect things to get sorted out but we don’t really know what’s happening about the club yet.

The owner is away now until the end of the season so when he comes back and sits down with Neil then everything will be made clearer in what direction we are going to go.

Thomas Christiansen.

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