The 20/21 Premier League kicks off in just over a week and the first test for Leeds United is a big one – away at Liverpool.
It won’t come much tougher than that for Marcelo Bielsa and his Championship winners but FourFourTwo think that Leeds will be just fine over the season.
In their predictions for the 20/21 campaign, FourFourTwo have just one of the three promoted teams surviving.
Luckily that’s Leeds, who they think will finish in 12th. West Brom and Fulham aren’t so lucky – they’re predicted to finish last and second last and go straight back down.
Of Leeds, FourFourTwo write: “Arguably the most intriguing prospect in the Premier League this season. Leeds United are back after a 16-year hiatus from the top flight, with an exciting, hardworking squad and a genuine enigma in the dugout.
“Marcelo Bielsa demands hard work, tactical flexibility and commitment from his young team, and takes in matches while perched on an upside-down bucket. Spanish international striker Rodrigo has been recruited for £30m from Valencia to add goals, while Leeds are hoping to add a new central defender before the season begins.”
We’d take 12th
Liam Cooper has said that staying in the Premier League is the aim for Leeds and getting anywhere near the top 10 would be the cherry on top.
12th would be just fine for us, although we’re going a little more optimistic and predicting a 10th-place finish.
Leeds have made some big signings, including breaking the club-record transfer for Valencia striker Rodrigo. We think he’s going to be a big player for Bielsa.
However, there are doubts as to whether he will be fit enough to start against Liverpool. Leeds fans should get a clue tonight when Spain name their starting XI to play Germany in the UEFA Nations League.
Robin Koch is another fine addition and a player that Victor Orta had been watching for a long time.
When Ben White didn’t come back Koch was our second choice.
If we sign Rodrigo de Paul from Udinese we think Leeds will break into the top 10.
However, like Cooper, we’d take 17th if it means consolidation and progress.
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