Can Leeds Go Up Next Season?

Optimism is high on the terraces of Elland Road despite narrowly missing out on the Championship play-offs.

One reason for this is that season ticket holders were pledged at the beginning of the season that if the Whites failed to make the play offs they would receive a 25% refund on their tickets and that has proven to be the case.

However, more reason for more optimism is perhaps that for the first time in twelve years, Leeds actually look like a side that is capable of returning to the promised land of the Premier League.

As with every side, there are always numerous ways in which a side needs to change in order to be able to push for promotion but with Leeds, retaining players could be of more importance for Garry Monks side.

The Championships top goal scorer Chris Wood has rightly won plenty of admirers this season however, the Whites should not have too much difficulty hanging on to the Kiwi.

Wood still has two years left on his contract after signing for £3m for Leicester in 2015 and the All White would demand a huge transfer fee which may put off a host of Championship sides.

In the Premier League, Wood was hardly prolific after finding the back of the net just once in his ten   outings for Leicester City.

It is unlikely any Premier League sides would take the risk leaving Leeds likely to keep hold of their main marksman.

In defence is where Leeds came to the fore last season and if they are to kick on next season, more of the same is required with Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley, Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling all playing starring roles for the Whites at various periods of the season.

In fact, only Newcastle, Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday conceded less than Leeds last season and although watching Leeds can often be like putting money on casino games at sites such as , one thing you can be assured of, is drama on and off the field.

With enigmatic former owner Massimo Cellino seemingly out of the picture after selling his controlling stake to Andrea Radrizzani, it appears that finally, things are starting to settle off the pitch.

With head coach Garry Monk set to sign a new contract, belief has returned to this once giant of a club.

Not many sides have the fan power that Leeds do and it has been a long time coming, but this time next year, we could be celebrating Leeds back in the big time.

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