Leeds United preview

leeds utd badgeAfter last seasons off the field disaster, Leeds will look to stabilize their Championship status. Any Leeds United side will have monstrous expectations shoved upon their shoulders, this is down the title winning performances of the Don Revie era, but the whites are far past this, and will need to gain promotion before they can start thinking about top flight glory once again.

Chopping their way through 4 managers certainly didn’t help the playing squad to settle, and with different characters seemingly arriving at the training every week, there is no doubt it was tough for the players. This season Uwe Rosler is the man to be charged with mounting the Whites play-off push. The German has kept a low profile when talking about new signings, which for me, is a good thing. Just like managers, players need time to adjust to their surroundings and this season with a bit of luck they will have the chemistry to improve on the fiasco of last term.

Marco Silvestri, who was one of the main culprits within the off field shenanigans, has stayed put over the summer to prove a point at Elland Road. The Italian has undeniable shot stopping ability but was prone to occasional lapses of concentration last season. Rosler will have to iron out these creases if Silvestri is to become a key player in the Whites promotion chances. Other defensive options such as experienced Ivory Coast international Sol Bamba and Scott Wooton never had time to make themselves at home but both provide good aerial ability and sturdiness that is needed from any Championship defence, a good season from the rearguard, should be the building block for a positive season all round.

Leeds won just 4 of their opening 17 games, and it was much of the same story beyond the new year. A leaky defence, misfiring forwards, and at times an uncreative midfield, all added to chaos in the boardroom led to a 15th placed finish. The obvious key to Leeds climbing the table is goals! Soulymane Dounkara showed signs of promise last term, the powerful striker collected 7 goals but couldn’t create a partnership with any of his fellow forwards. Chris Wood has been recruited from Leicester City after falling down the pecking order at the King Power. His height and strength are the ideal qualities to latch onto the end of pinpoint crosses delivered from the flanks.

Shinning light...Mowatt
Shinning light…Mowatt

Alex Mowatt was one of the shinning lights of Leeds’ previous campaign, the 20-year-old grabbed 6 goals form midfield, as well as some eye catching displays that could attract other clubs attention.  Sam Byram provides width to a narrow Leeds side that as i mentioned earlier will be the way to get the goals flowing for Chris Wood. He received interest from top flight Everton last season but opted to stay at Elland Road, he could be the deciding factor to whether Leeds sink or swim this season.


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