Don Goodman 'really shocked' if Leeds United don't earn promotion after 'Unsettled' summer
Don Goodman has admitted that he would be “really shocked” if Leeds United didn’t finish in the top two of the Championship this season.
The Whites are unbeaten in their last six games in the division and have moved up into the playoff places after a 3-0 win over Watford at the weekend thanks to goals from Joel Piroe, Sam Byram and Jaidon Anthony.
And speaking to Sky Sports (as quoted by Leeds-Live, 27 September), Goodman has praised manager Daniel Farke for the way he kept his counsel during a summer where the squad was “unsettled”, and believes the club should be challenging for the top six as an “absolute minimum”.
“Yes I think so, in those forward areas we’re starting to see genuine Championship quality. Quality that’s probably too good for the Championship in Joel Piroe,” he said.
“I’m glad that Georginio Rutter has found his feet and found his confidence, throw into the mix (Wilfried) Gnonto and more behind that as well, their options are brilliant. Look, it was a really, really unsettled pre-season with all the comings and goings, contract clauses, and who was going to be there when the transfer window shut.
“Very, very difficult for Daniel Farke, and he kept his counsel. I was really impressed with the way he handled himself, and he backed himself knowing that it was only a matter of time before everything started to click into gear.
“You look at it now, and you see a team that, again like Leicester, you’d be really shocked it if they’re not up there challenging for the top two, and at the absolute minimum, top six. As a Leeds lad, I’m really pleased to see things have settled down.”
It was a really, really hard summer and while the transfer window was open there was still plenty of fans really worried about how the squad would look for the season.
Results were difficult to begin with and we didn’t pick up a win at Elland Road until the win against Watford, and the team already looks like it has turned a massive corner.
The way the manager dealt with the Wilfried Gnonto and Luis Sinisterra situations was excellent, especially after bringing them back into the fold initially and dealing with all the people that left before that even happened.
But fans have now got their Leeds United back with exciting football, goals, a manager who puts the club first and results are improving regularly.
We’ve kept clean sheets and there’s no doubt that promotion is the aim. Whether that’s via the playoffs or automatically, anything but playing Premier League football next season will be deemed a failure.
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