YEP comment: Cellino’s X-Factor as Leeds United kick off a season of intrigue

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New season, fresh hope, high expectation...

Football is back and excited supporters will be dusting off their scarves, buying their new club shirts and daring to dream that this could be their year.

Thoughts of summer sun, sea and sand replaced with dreamy visions of titles, promotions and cups. Nine months of drama, of joy and despair. The roller-coaster ride starts right here.

For Leeds United, tomorrow’s opener at Millwall heralds yet another new era for a club still desperately looking to shake off the hangover of Premier League relegation a decade ago.

Many have tried, some have even come close, but the majority have failed in their attempt to wake Elland Road’s sleeping giant from its slumber.

United fans could be forgiven for thinking ‘new season, fresh hope, same old story...’ after an underwhelming summer which saw the arrival of an unheralded manager and players few had heard of.

However, in owner Massimo Cellino, Leeds have something of an unknown quantity. Someone who shows the passion of a fan, who has the finances to make a difference where it matters and who is not afraid to speak his mind or make the tough decisions.

Few Elland Road regulars would dare to admit their expectations are ‘high’ as we enter this new season but Cellino offers the X-Factor, a level of intrigue, and we all know this is going to be one heck of a ride... Bring it on.

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