End of Season 2022/2023
It was a frustrating season with many ups and downs and moments of great success and horrible disappointment. We had to settle for 3rd place in the league, but I think things could have been worse, much worse. There were times when morale couldn’t have been any lower and times when it couldn’t have been higher. I could go from praising the players in one game to yelling my heart our at them in the second.
Manchester United had their best season in a long time and Arsenal had to settle for a 2nd place. We had the exact same number of wins, draws and loses with Arsenal but lost to them by a 3 goal difference. Manchester City only collected 73 points, 10 points less than Leeds and Arsenal.
We fought our way in to the final of the league cup once again and despite putting on an encouraging performance, we lost to in-form Man Utd 1-0.
Champions League went extremely well. We faced PSG in the quarter final and also put in one of the most unprofessional performances I’ve ever seen from the team. After winning the away leg 5-1, we lost 3-0 at home and nearly gave away our place in the semi-final.
Then we had to face rivals Man Utd in the Champions League semi-final and I it was encouraging that we played very well against them in the league picking up an impressive 1-0 win. When the time came for us to meet again in the Champions League, the team was brimming with confidence and we shocked the league leaders with a 7-0 aggregate win.
I was beginning to hope that we could win the whole competition, but Arsenal also won their way to the final and I think I would’ve rather faced FC Barcelona. We put up a good fight but eventually lost 2-1 in the final.
Here are our results:
Dirk Thoma, a striker a signed as an 18-year old for 1,8million in 2017 was voted as the English Player’s Player of the year and also Fan’s player of the year. At his young age, he has already made 151 league appearances and scored 65 goals for Leeds.
He’s not the only young player to have been impressing, but a lot of the youngsters I’ve signed are getting more and more first team appearances and I can only hope they can match the success that Dirk has brought to the club.
Here is the best team of the season:
Davide Violini was selected to become part of the Leeds’ overall best eleven:
And Leeds’ Icon Daniel Sturridge has retired from football as a player and now works as an assistant manager:
Preview of the transfer window:
I don’t have any particular targets in mind. I think our weakest position in the team is currently Right-back as Jordan Spence is getting old, but I think he still has one or two more seasons in him. I’ll probably be given something around 30-40 million and I will be looking to spend it on one or two very good players. If I can’t find real upgrades to a position I probably won’t be buying anyone.
One thing I need is a new backup goalkeeper. I’ll try to find one that will accept a backup role and is still good enough to play a game here and there. And of course I’ll keep an eye out for new young prospects.