Date: 14th October 2020 at 9:00am
Written by: Neil O'Donnell

I suppose when these compliments come from someone of his stature, it means just that little bit more.

And given his rather incredible record when it comes to scoring against us, it’s the least that he can do to get back in our good books again. I’m talking of course about Alan Shearer.

The former England man is just one of a number of pundits that are starting to show their support for us now that they’ve had a chance to see us in the Premier League.

Speaking during his introductory interview with The Athletic, Shearer was talking about the subject of ‘pressing’ and what teams to do it well, which led him onto the Whites and how we have set up at the start of the campaign:

“You look at Leeds coming up from the Championship playing that way under Bielsa and they have come up to the Premier League and they’re doing exactly the same. I love his approach and the way that they don’t give a flying (expletive) who they’re up against.

It was so refreshing to see them go to Anfield and play the way they did. Then to see them play the way they did against Manchester City, that was a brilliant advert for the Premier League to see two teams going at each other like that.”

Is it weird to hear people being kind to Leeds?

Yes

Yes

No

No

As I said last week, it certainly does feel a little bit different to see Leeds being talked about in a positive light, compared to years gone by when we’ve had the ‘dirty Leeds’ moniker, or the dumpster fire of the early 2000s or the ‘falling apart’ chants of the late 2010s.

I just hope that we can start to live up to people’s expectations now and don’t start letting people down. As Noel Whelan talked about the other day, we could be on for a really special campaign if things go our way, so let’s make sure we make it happen.

What about you? What do you make of Shearer’s comments?

 
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