IN LEEDS WE TRUST: We’ve got some catching up to do - but we’ve come a long way

It may not have been a winning start to the New Year but, as the Board of the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust point out in this week’s column, the club has come a long way in the four years since Andrea Radrizzani bought his stake in the club.

By The Board of the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust
Saturday, 9th January 2021, 11:00 am
Dialogue between the owners of Leeds United and the Supporters' Trust has iimproved under Andrea Radrizzani.
 Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe
Dialogue between the owners of Leeds United and the Supporters' Trust has iimproved under Andrea Radrizzani. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Saturday’s game against Spurs down in the capital was one we went into without any real pressure.

The kind of game that offers a free hit at one of the league’s top six powerhouse clubs in their brand new, billion-pound, coliseum of a stadium.

And it came as a reminder of just how much the standards have shifted from last season, we’re no longer the big fish in a small pond.

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Up until the first goal went in we gave Spurs more than a run for their money, but after they gained the advantage it became clear that players like Son and Kane are capable of taking a game out of the hands of any newly-promoted side.

We’ve got some catching up to do. When you put into perspective the position we were in four years ago to this week however, as Andrea Radrizzani first bought his 50 per cent stake in the club, how far we’ve come has been fantastic to see.

Compared to previous regimes the dialogue between the club and the Trust has been vastly improved.

A notable example of this improvement would be the club’s helpfulness in working with the trust as we secured Elland Road’s status as an Asset of Community Value, providing extra legal protection for the long term future of our club’s spiritual home.

On Sunday we take a break from the games against our top flight rivals with the return of the FA Cup.

Leeds United will make the trip to Crawley Town, and although it’s hardly a game which lights up the fixture list, with many of our players performing so well at under 23s level this season, it will be interesting to see whether Bielsa sees fit to field a few new faces against our League 2 opponents.

January also signals the start of a new transfer window, although by all accounts there is very little appetite at Leeds to make any big moves this month.

The rumour mill will inevitably begin to spin however, and before long we might well be linked with any number of players. As always, take the rumours with a pinch of salt and trust in Bielsa, he knows what we need.

This week also brought the UK’s third national lockdown as new strains of the coronavirus cause a spike in numbers despite the rollout of vaccines beginning.

As we know well by now, lockdown can be tough on your mental health.

The events of the pandemic have emphasised the importance of the Trust’s partner charity Andy’s Man Club and the incredible work they do to create spaces where men can feel confident talking about how they feel.

In this challenging time, the Trust is proud to support a charity doing such critical work.

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.