After playing with Liverpool and Leicester in the Premier League in recent years, Leeds United is banking on an expansive open-style of play.
“Now we have the shape of a team. Obviously we lost Neil Warnock who was good for the game but we have still got those talented players in there.” – Massimo Cellino, owner.
Last season’s surprise Premier League playoff triumph is proof enough that this club can produce the goods, particularly with an attacking-minded player like Kyle Bartley in the heart of their defense. But Leeds’s high-flying run has not all come from a lack of soft touches.
“We had the best defender in England last season in the shape of Tyias Browning. He deserved that Championship Manager award because he kept Leeds in the Championship. “I was shocked at the fans’ reaction when we first put him in, but Tyias was the first to see it as a compliment and come to the training ground and really enjoy it. So it was great.” – Massimo Cellino.
The 25-year-old center-back found himself out of action over the summer when the Leeds campaign began, but when the season gets going in earnest he hopes he can prove Cellino right once again and help deliver a top-half finish.
“The fans are unbelievable. They stood behind us when we were relegated last season and we learned a lot from them.” – Tyias Browning.