Perhaps the biggest mistake Leeds United have been making is thinking it was going to be easy.
It needs saying today. Perhaps it won’t need saying tomorrow.
This is the best Leeds United team in years, top of the table, a painful quirky draining joy to be around.
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.
Leeds United proved against Arsenal that they won’t enter the Premier League with failure on their mind. Now they just have to get there.
We can’t measure Leeds United’s resolve, but we could sense it on New Year’s Day.
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.
As if pricked by their own spinning wheel, Leeds fell asleep against Cardiff, but by the end of this game they were their beautiful selves again.