While Newcastle United are happy with survival, Leeds United are a club with ambition.

After spending so long outside the top flight, they are certainly trying to make up for lost time.

They returned to the Premier League last season, finishing an incredibly impressive ninth. They finished the season 14 points better off than Newcastle, beating them home and away.

Despite it being their first season back in the Premier League, they upset the apple cart and finished in the top half. There were no qualms about relegation or battling to survive. They played the way they wanted to and reaped the rewards.

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And while they’ve had a tough start to the new campaign, it hasn’t dented the ambitions of chairman Andrea Radrizzani.

“Our goal is to maintain (our place) in the league and, if we maintain the league, we can build on the foundation,” he told Sky Sports.

“We invested a lot in players last year and this season and I believe the club is going in the right direction to establish itself in the Premier League.

“The dream is to play in European nights in a bigger stadium in two or three – probably three – years.”

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Leeds want to move forward, while Newcastle are happy to stand still

No matter how long Newcastle are in the Premier League under Mike Ashley, their ambitions will remain the same – stay in the league. That’s success for the hierarchy. Just being a Premier League team is enough – ideally by spending as little money as possible.

 

But it’s not enough for fans, who want to see the club progress. We want a reason to support the team other than blind loyalty.

But we saw this summer that the club will do the bare minimum. They will never go above and beyond. We made one signing, with Joe Willock coming back permanently after his loan spell.

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Meanwhile, teams around us have been improving, as they look to do better than last season.

Leeds are no different, signing Junior Firpo and Daniel James, as well as making Jack Harrison’s loan deal permanent.

They clearly want to progress. Radrizanni said as much. He wants to improve the facilities and guide Leeds back to Europe.

That’s where Newcastle were once upon a time, but now they don’t even try. We don’t even hear from our hierarchy, unless they think they need to defend themselves.

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Leeds are one of multiple clubs who are way more ambitious than Newcastle, who won’t change until Ashley leaves.

The two clubs meet on Friday, in what could be a poisonous game at St James’ Park. While Leeds fans can be excited about the present and the future, Toon fans are angry.

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