Chris Wood delivers verdict on Leeds transfers, says who'll do better out of them and West Brom
Former Leeds United striker Chris Wood is impressed by the Yorkshire club’s business this summer and expects them to do well in the Premier League this season.
Leeds kick-off their first Premier League campaign in 16 years this weekend when they play reigning champions Liverpool at Anfield.
Since winning promotion and the Championship title, the Whites have splashed the cash on new arrivals with Robin Koch and new record-signing Rodrigo both being welcomed through the door.
Leeds have also signed Helder Costa and Illan Meslier permanently after their loan spells last term while Jack Harrison has joined on loan for a third year in a row.
Wood is happy with what he’s seen from Leeds but he doesn’t have the same expectations with West Brom, who brought the New Zealand international to England in 2009.
“It’ll be nice to see them in the Premier League and how they do – it’s always tough stepping up to a new league but I think Leeds are capable of doing very well,” said Wood, as quoted by LancsLive.
“They have a good manager, confidence from last season and have made some good signings so if they hit the ground running they could be very useful.
“West Brom on the other hand are going to have to fight and grind, it’ll be tough I think for them but they have the qualities to cause some damage.”
A lot of people are expecting Leeds to do well this season – and who can blame them?
Bielsa’s men swept aside the Championship by playing brilliant, free-flowing football last term and have since made solid signings in Rodrigo and Koch.
It remains to be seen how Bielsa’s style of football and how his new signings will cope in the Premier League, but there is a lot of pressure on them to perform at a similar level they did in the Championship.
As for West Brom, they struggled at the back end of last season, winning just three of their last nine matches after the restart.
But Slaven Bilic has made some good signings and it would be unwise to write them off relegation fodder already.
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