In Leeds We Trust: Let’s hope Leeds United’s exciting first season back in the top flight gets the sequel it deserves.

As we all welcome the new year, the Board of the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust reflect on the Christmas victories and look forward to the possibility that 2021 could see Elland Road once again filled with supporters.

Saturday, 2nd January 2021, 11:45 am
Alioski celebrates scoring Leeds United's second goal of the game against West Brom at The Hawthorns. Picture: Shaun Botterill/PA Wire

On the very first day of 2020 Leeds United had a trip to the Hawthorns that looked likely to play a crucial part in our promotion campaign.

If you had told any supporter at that time that Leeds United would end their year with another game at the Hawthorns, this time in the Premier League and without a crowd present due to the ongoing pandemic… well, they would probably be too busy celebrating promotion to think about the second part of what you said.

And the football we’re seeing is well worth celebrating.

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After hearing the discussion of many pundits and commentators around the supposed “naivety” of Bielsa’s Leeds to refuse to adapt our style of play for the Premier League, it felt particularly satisfying to see two of the Premier Leagues finest examples of “pragmatic” football dispatched by Bielsaball.

Burnley gave us a tense game, with the two sides only separated by an early Bamford penalty when the last whistle blew in what was a gritty performance from Leeds.

Against West Brom however, Big Sam’s fabled defensive security was nowhere to be seen, even his own holding midfielder couldn’t help but get in on the goalscoring action with a scorcher from 25 yards.

Not to be outdone, Alioski soon followed up with a stunner of his own and from there what followed was a performance devastating enough to silence any talk of whether Leeds need a Plan B.

It was the kind of match which you couldn’t help but feel deserved a crowd, though as Coronavirus statistics spike to concerning levels across the country, causing multiple games to be postponed in the past week across all levels of English football, it seems as though we still may be some way off from seeing any sort of crowd at Elland Road once again just yet.

With the distribution of vaccines now ongoing however, there is plenty of reason for hope that we might hear the roar of a real crowd ring out around the stands in 2021, and there’s no doubt that the noise we will make when we finally see that first goal back will be worth the wait.

Also in 2021, the Trust will be looking for businesses in Leeds to partner with us in to provide benefits our members.

If this is something you and your business would be interested in, then we would love to hear from you.

After a tough year it feels like a relief to have made it into 2021, a year in which we can be sure that this Leeds United team will give us much more to celebrate.

Let’s hope that our exciting first season back in the top flight gets the sequel it deserves.

From all of us here at the Trust, we wish you a happy new year.

Adding your own voice to the Trust’s work is easy.

Visit our new website at www.lufctrust.com and you can become a member for just £10 per year.

Marching on together.