Paul Heckingbottom used six words to fire his Leeds players towards play-off glory
Leeds fans are set to witness a new style of attacking football as new manager Paul Heckingbottom takes charge.
This was typified by what he said to his new Leeds players before he took his first training session at Thorp Arch.
As quoted in the Guardian, Heckingbottom wants his Leeds side to be aggressive “with or without the ball” and said that the upcoming set of fixtures would be “season defining”.
They include games against promotion rivals Bristol City and Sheffield United, and high-flying Derby County.
Closing up his training session he said the six words that should give Leeds fans a good idea of how Heckingbottom will set out his new side: “What have we got to lose?”
Football Insider verdict:
Heckingbottom knows he’s up against it for the rest of this season. He’s been given an 18-month contract which suggests Leeds know that to. The minimum requirement for Leeds this season was a play-off spot but the hierarchy had decided that Thomas Christiansen had already failed to deliver that. Heckingbottom won’t lose his job if he ends up in eighth this season but he’s targeting instant glory and that has to start on the next three games. Attacking on and off the ball, and telling his players to go for it with a ‘What have we got to lose?” attitude could fire them up and enable them to play without fear. Play-offs a forlorn hope? Not yet. The game against Sheffield United on Saturday is going to be very interesting now.
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