Leeds United: Young Sam is the man for starting spot - Gray

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To beat Shrewsbury 4-0 on Saturday is good for confidence although obviously Neil Warnock said himself that it wasn’t the best performance.

We were under the cosh for quite a few periods in the game and actually Shrewsbury should have gone in front.

But the good thing for Neil is that he looks to have built a solid base as we didn’t concede any goals and we scored four. That’s got to be good,

We’ve obviously made lots of new signings but the funny thing about the game on Saturday and the game before that at Burton was that to me the most impressive player has been young Sam Byram.

I think he has done extremely well –he has come through the Academy and through the ranks and he is going to push one or two of the players in front of him.

I think he is composed and he has done tremendously well.

I also thought that Rodolph Austin did well.

He puts himself around the pitch and he looks good.

I have also been very impressed with Luke Varney through the whole pre-season.

He looks a good footballer and he knows when to get in the right positions and when to get at the back post.

He’s obviously a good acquisition.

Obviously we all know about the goalkeeper – Paddy Kenny – as well. He is very assured and he made some great saves on Saturday.

He has come down from the Premier League but it doesn’t make any difference to goalkeepers what level you are playing at as you are only playing against one thing and that’s the goalposts.

Good goalkeepers are always going to be good goalkeepers.

He’s got good hands, he seems very composed and I think the one thing that Paddy Kenny will give us this year is that composure. I think the defenders will feel relaxed knowing that he is behind them.

He never gets ruffled.

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It was nice also to see Luciano Becchio on the scoresheet and I’d like to think he will have a good season.

He has got a lot of talent but Luciano is still going to have to work hard and he’s still got to make sure he is fit and ready to play.

Luciano himself has got a lot of talent and I’ve got a lot of time for him but he is going to have to get himself fit and I mean fit and ready to play.

If he is fit he will be a great asset for us this year.

We’ve obviously also signed El Hadji Diouf and he and Neil have obviously had a chat and made up.

But the one thing I would say about Diouf is that he has got a lot of talent.

I watched him play for Doncaster against us last season and he was by far, and I mean by far, head and shoulders above every player on the pitch.

He was just different class.

He has got a lot of quality, a lot of ability and if he gets himself right for Leeds United he will be a good acquisition.

He and Neil have obviously sorted their differences and they have come to some agreement so fair play.

Now the league season starts on Saturday with a home game against Wolves and I’m looking forward to it.

We are playing against a team that has come down from the Premiership but I don’t think their pe-season has gone great.

And so it’s a good opportunity for us to start well.

The thing about football in the leagues is that you look to start well and after the first game last season when we played Southampton and got well and truly thrashed, the whole thing felt a bit drab.

This is a good opportunity at home to play against Wolves who have just come down and if we can get a good result it will kickstart the whole season.

Takeovers don’t make any difference to the football club and Neil has brought in 10 or 11 players.

The club has spent money, they have brought players into the football club and hopefully they will be good enough to get us in the top six and even the top two.