Most of West Yorkshire is still in a little shock as to how Leeds United failed to make the play off’s this season despite spending a majority of the campaign in the top six.
However, after numerous years of turbulence, the 2016/17 campaign has been a remarkable success with Garry Monk steadying the ship and proving that Leeds are capable of returning to the top flight, but only if they do these key things.
Keep Garry Monk at all cost
Former Swansea manager Garry Monk was bought in at the start of the season and has turned the Whites fortunes around dramatically.
After years of talk of a sleeping giant failing to wake up, Garry Monk is the only manager who has looked like he can get Leeds back to the Premier League.
There is a problem, Monk was given just a one-year contract last summer and that expires In June with trigger happy co-owner Massimo Cellino making noises about being unhappy at missing out on the play-offs.
The shining light is that Cellino is reportedly selling more of his stake to fellow Italian Andrea Radrizzani.
That will give Radrizzani a majority hold in the club and despite rumours of both Italians wanting to bring in their own man, a fans backlash and proof that Monk can deliver may lead to at least a further year on the table for Monk.
Find a Backup for Chris Wood
26 goals in the league has been some return from the New Zealander, however, take Wood out of the side, and the next highest scorer for the whites is defender Kyle Bartley, winger Pablo Hernandez and fellow winger Souleymane Doukara who have all found the back of the net just six times.
The lack of a reliable sub for Wood is a worry in a season with 46 league games, any long-term injury to Wood and it is difficult to see where the goals would come from.
Keep Key Players
By and large, Leeds have been relatively lucky with injuries this season and that has proven pivotal.
The spine of the squad has consisted of Rob Green in goal (who has signed a one-year contract extension), Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley in defence, Liam Bridcutt in midfield and Chris Wood up top.
That is a strong line-up to build on and with players such as Kemar Roofe, Luke Ayling and Doukara coming in to compliment the team, the starting eleven has proven formidable.
However, lose any of those players and Leeds’s weakness is exposed.
Rolando Vieira is the Future
The 18-year-old youngster has been a revelation this season and slotted into the side with ease. The Guinea-Bissau native has made 36 appearances for the Whites and has played an integral part in the sides success this season.
One year into a three-year contract, it may be a hard battle keeping hold of the aptly named Ronaldo for whoever is in charge come the summer.
However, Leeds’s task will be made a lot easier if they can hold onto the talented midfielder.