By Mark Smith

6th Oct, 2020 | 7:30am

'Great team' - Peter Crouch makes bold Leeds-PL claim after 'throwback' draw v City

Peter Crouch has claimed that Leeds United could comfortably finish in the top half of the Premier League this season.

Crouch admitted that the Whites are a “great team” to watch after they were unlucky not to take all three points from Manchester City on Saturday.

The game finished 1-1 at Elland Road, with Rodrigo getting the equaliser and forcing an unbelievable save from Ederson after his first strike for the club.

Crouch has been enthralled by Leeds and claimed that he loves to watch Luke Ayling and Helder Costa among a number of others.

“They are just a great team to watch,” he said in his Daily Mail column.

“I was engrossed in the game against Manchester City, as it was like a throwback — two teams that just wanted to attack and didn’t really worry about the consequences of bombing forward.

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“It says everything about the belief Marcelo Bielsa has instilled in his players that they were able to shake off a nervous start and go toe-to-toe with City. I like Luke Ayling. I like Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford. And Helder Costa impresses me whenever I see him.

“They are going to concede a few goals just from the adventurous way they play but they are going to score plenty and I don’t think anyone will underestimate them. I’d go as far as to say they will comfortably finish in the top half.”

Looking at the stats from the 1-1 draw against Manchester City, Leeds can definitely count themselves as unlucky not to win.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men kept more possession, created more big chances and had a higher expected goals total than Pep Guardiola’s side.

The Premier League has started in a crazy manner with goals left, right and centre. It is hard to predict anything at this moment, but we would not be surprised to see the Whites in the top half.

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