Leeds United: Promotion bid hinges on further recruits - Gray

Tommaso Bianchi
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I THOUGHT both of Leeds United’s performances in this last week were quite good.

They did well at Swindon on Tuesday but they did better against Dundee United on Saturday which I thought was their best performance of pre-season.

They played some good stuff, Souleymane Doukara did well up front and I thought the midfield players controlled the game. And it’s nice to play a game like that and not concede a goal.

All in all, for the last game before the season, I think David Hockaday can be quite pleased.

I thought Leeds worked hard and while Dundee United are a young team they have got some decent players. It was a good win for us and a good work out.

In terms of the new signings, Doukara has done well in the games that I have seen. The goalkeeper hasn’t had a lot to do but I think Tommaso Bianchi has done well and he’s not a bad player.

He’s done well in the games I’ve seen and I think he’ll probably be better playing in the central midfield area. He’s a good all round player and I think he looks disciplined for that position.

At the present time, David is playing him to the right side of the group but he looks like a central midfield player to me.

And it was nice to see Steve Morison getting on the goal-scoring charts again. He’s got a couple of goals in a couple of games now so that should give him a lot of confidence ahead of going back to Millwall.

We’ve just got to wait and see how the players perform when we play league games as these games can be a bit misleading. At the start of the second half on Saturday David made several changes and they made a few changes so in a way it’s a bit false trying to gauge it.

I thought Doukara played well but he’s still got to get his goals and that’s what he will be judged on at the end of the season if he’s playing up front.

On the transfer front, I think the club will still be looking to bring recruits in and the most important area will be centre-backs because we’ve only really got two now that Tom Lees has left.

Tom wasn’t in the side and it was probably better for himself that he moved on and started afresh. But he’s been a good servant to the club has Tom and he’s played as many games as anybody else who is left at the club! You can only wish the boy all the best because when Tom played he gave everything for the club. He worked hard, he was a good lad and you just wish him all the best at Sheffield Wednesday.

Personally, I still think we need players in if we’re going to make a challenge this season.

In the games we’ve played, I think we’ve done well but I still think that we need to improve if we’re going to be a threat in the league and the more quality we can bring into the football club the better.

We don’t know much about the boys coming in from Italy but if we get these boys in and they can play then they can only improve the football club.

But I still think that we need players in if we’re going to be in the top six, that’s my opinion, and I still think we need to improve if we’re going to make a challenge.

We’ll play a lot better sides then we’ve played so far when the Championship starts.

From what I’ve seen during pre-season, we were average at Mansfield and maybe a little bit better at Chesterfield shall we say. Then we were a lot better at Swindon and even better against Dundee United so hopefully things are improving.

But you can only tell when we start playing properly.

I’m looking forward to the Millwall game and it’s always a tough test and a good atmosphere at Millwall.

We’ve not got the best record there but after the last few games I think we can go there with a bit of confidence.

Steve Morison obviously played for them last season and he’s got a couple of goals in the last two games for us.

He’s worked hard playing that left sided position and he’ll be looking forward to going to his old club.

I saw that Millwall beat Real Mallorca 1-0 in their last pre-season friendly on Friday and that’s a good result for them.

It will be a tough game to start with – but you know it’s always going to be tough at Millwall!

Pontus Jansson.

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