Al Wakrah forward Cristian Ceballos has claimed that Leeds United could challenge for the Belgian Jupiler League when comparing the divisions.

Ceballos has played for Sint-Truiden and Charlton in his career and claimed that the Belgian league is more technical compared to the Championship that has higher levels of physicality.

The Spaniard, now based in Qatar, has claimed that Leeds could challenge at the top of the Belgian league – something that would give them the chance to feature in the Champions League.

Ceballos claimed that Club Brugge would easily secure promotion to the Premier League from the Championship, but that it wouldn’t be as straight forward for clubs such as Leeds.

“Bruges, without a doubt. Have you seen their match against Manchester United? They held a draw against one of the best clubs in England. It shows their qualities,” he told Walfoot.

“But would Championship clubs come to Belgium to win the title, for example? I do not know. It’s difficult, even if I believe that clubs like Leeds, Fulham, WBA, Nottingham, Blackburn … would play the top of the championship in JPL, yes.”

Kemar Roofe switched the Championship for a move to Belgium in the summer, joining up with Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht.

The 27-year-old has scored six goals in 13 appearances in the Jupiler League, and hasn’t exactly hit the ground running – but, that is a similar record to what he had at Leeds, so there may be more similarities than Ceballos suggests.

Comparing the transfers from both leagues, clubs in Belgium sanctioned 167 arrivals in the summer for a total of £127.3million [Transfermarkt]. On the other hand, Championship clubs spent £169million – something that would suggest it would be harder to succeed in the second-tier of England.

Under Marcelo Bielsa, we believe anything would be possible and it wouldn’t be a massive surprise if Leeds were able to win the Jupiler League – they’d certainly challenge up there.

In other Leeds United news, Don Goodman has shared his verdict on the Whites and West Brom after recent round of fixtures


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