Warnock delivers verdict on Leeds transformation after Monk exit
By Danny Wright
Former Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock believes that his old club have undergone a major transformation ever since Garry Monk quit his role at manager in May.
Thomas Christiansen has since taken the hot seat at Elland Road and has already got off to an impressive start having managed to avoid defeat in their first six fixtures and sitting second in the table behind Cardiff.
Andrea Radrizzani, who earned full ownership of Leeds two days before Monk’s acrimonious exit, has backed a major overhaul of the squad, leaving the club almost unrecognizable from the one that finished just short of the play-offs last term.
Burton captain Warnock saw his side beaten 5-0 by the Whites on Saturday and has made it no secret that he thinks the Yorkshire giants have made some really positive changes over the summer.
“The manager has brought in a very good style of play and without being disrespectful to Garry Monk, they’ve improved on last year. Whether that’s down to the players who’ve come in or the manager who’s changed things – just being in and around the place, there’s a very positive feel and they look like they’re building well,” he said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
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Leeds finish seventh last season under the leadership of Monk and Warnock has now backed his old club to go beyond that this term and lead a charge to promotion back to the Premier League.
“They’ve brought a lot of quality into the squad,” Warnock added. “You hope you can keep it tight for the first half-hour and weather the storm but they’re a good team. There’s no doubt about that. I’m sure they’ll be at the top end of the table come May.”
Leeds have been on an impressive run and have shown no signs in slowing down ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Birmingham in the league.
The Whites are yet to concede a goal since the opening day of the Championship season when they beat Bolton 3-2 and that could be down to the influence of Pontus Jansson, who has been a brick wall of a player since missing he first two fixtures.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have opened negotiations to sign an international midfield after Radrizzani jetted out on a mission.