Victor Orta needs to sign somebody else and Marcelo Bielsa needs to play them, and the new player needs to score goals. There's your optimism: that it really could be that simple.
Even if Leeds sign Che Adams on Monday they will lose other games this season. Elland Road will be like this again before May: the players hurt, physically and emotionally; fans leaving, clouds gathering.
To witness history is a good thing, but tell that to the witnesses of the Hindenburg disaster, or the witnesses of Birmingham City versus Leeds United at the end of the year of our lord 2019.
I made a note halfway through the second half of this match, when the score was 3-1 to Leeds, that it was a bit like watching Don Revie's Leeds toying with Cardiff City, not Marcelo Bielsa's.
The desperation to succeed that took Leeds through last Christmas has gone, replaced by a fraught excitement that is making 2020 almost too painful to think about.