Emma Jones: Leeds United are determined to turn a good start into a great season

In her latest column for the YEP, LUTV presenter Emma Jones doesn’t know how to feel about Leeds becoming everyone’s second favourite team.

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Saturday, 10th October 2020, 6:00 am
Leeds United's explosive return to the Premier League is winning them plenty of new fans. 
Picture: Catherine Ivill/NMC Pool/PA Wire.
Leeds United's explosive return to the Premier League is winning them plenty of new fans. Picture: Catherine Ivill/NMC Pool/PA Wire.

I mentioned in my last article, written before the season began, that the focus would now have to shift away from promotion and towards how Leeds United pick up points in the Premier League.

Not many of us could have predicted the start the team have made.

They’ve not only secured seven points from the opening four games but have produced performances that have sent shockwaves amongst the footballing establishment.

Kyle Walker compared playing us with playing a basketball game, Gary Neville said it was like watching Rocky Balboa take on Apollo Creed when observing our last game.

We’re a welcome addition for the on looking pundits but an increasingly awkward proposition for our opponants.

It’s been interesting watching the penny drop for those not used to viewing Professor Bielsa work his magic from the sidelines.

The only people not shocked with how we’ve approached games are ourselves.

The confidence some fans had before the season started wasn’t arrogance, merely the faith in the football they’d witnessed expertly executed over and over again.

So many people are now calling Leeds their ‘second team’ and I’m not sure how I feel about that.

For starters, let’s put aside the notion of even having a ‘second team’.

Now, it’s like discovering your favourite band have hit the big time, everyone is humming their song while you’re telling everyone who’ll listen that you were there before they were famous.

We had Jermaine Beckford on the Leeds United Show this week, and he echoed that sentiment.

Leeds fans enjoy being, how do we put this nicely…not everyone’s cup of tea!

It’s kind of in their DNA. We’re not used to earning respect and plaudits but enjoy it, revel in it and know it won’t last for long if we continue to ruffle feathers of the elite players in this league.

Fans I spoke to on LUTV were also conflicted with how to feel about this love-in for Leeds, but the fact it’s even a discussion point means things are going well on the pitch, and that’s all that matters.

Now we wait for the resumption of the season with four more games before the next break and given the way the season has started, the only thing to predict with certainty is goals.

Confidence is high and the determination amongst the squad to turn a good start into a great season remains strong. This start is built on two year old foundations, new to many but familiar to us.

Let the love-in continue!