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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:18

Are the stars aligning at Elland Road?

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The season started, the madness of the transfer window opening has subsided, the turmoil of the franchise window arrived and as the dust settles one thing remains constant, Cloughy remains at Elland Road. Rumour has it several other managers were interested in the 1975 European Cup finalists but they were all scared off by the early intent and passion shown by the stout Yorkshireman in the current franchise window and everyone involved is said to be delighted to get their business done early.
 
In honour of the continued employment of Clough, Leeds United are pleased to announce their new kits, with 2 stars embroidered above the badge to celebrate the historic Season 8 D2 title win and the Season 9 Kitchencup. When taking the decision to include the stars on the famous kit, the Elland Road hierarchy took the inspiration from Wikipedia that seemed to sum up their needs perfectly –
 
 
 
 
37 transfers complete and 3 pre agreed for the reopening of the window have LUFC looking in fine shape to make an assault on the D1W title. With the team quickly changing from a midfield diamond to 4-3-3 formation which allows ball retention and attacking support that was previously lacking.
 
 
 
 
Four games in and 7 points on the board represents a mixed start but further analysis of the games shows the club may feel a little unfortunate not to have more points on the board. A last kick winner for manager Sunzibad in the season opener left Cloughy feeling frustrated they hadn’t been able to hold on and see the game through and a 0-0 stalemate against division new boys Aston Villa also felt like an opportunity missed when Kalou hit the post when clean through on goal.
 
The Ivorian has been in good form since this, scoring twice against Cullen and once against Blueyboy while also providing 2 assists to contribute 5 goals in 4 appearances. Sharing the same goals and assists tally with Kalou is young sensation Leroy Sane who was signed on deadline day for what is increasingly looking like a bargain sum of 58m. Sane started the season out wide in his natural position but has since been moved into a free role in attacking midfield where his ability to take the ball left or right has caused devastation against other teams.
 
 
 
Joel Campbell found himself on the fringes of first team action due to sharing the same position on the right with Sane but the change of team shape has brought him back into the fold and the young Costa Rican is flourishing with a goal and 2 assists. Big Money signing (90m!) Marco Reus on the left completes the young attacking trio supporting the experienced and deadly Kalou, while Bas Dost comes on when a battering ram is necessary to break down stubborn teams.
 
So the question remains, are the stars aligning at Elland Road to add a 3rd star to the shirt? The club are hopeful that the manager continues his trend of a trophy a season to keep the success, and the goals flowing.
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