By George Overhill

6th Aug, 2022 | 2:30pm

Stan Collymore predicts Leeds United Premier League finishing position before Wolves clash

Stan Collymore has shared his predictions for how the 2022/23 Premier League table will finish, including a final position for Leeds United.

Jesse Marsch’s side escaped relegation last season on the final day with victory at Brentford, eventually finishing 17th after going into that weekend in the bottom three.

Following an eventful transfer window that has seen Elland Road stars Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha leave for big money to Manchester City and Barcelona respectively, and as yet six new arrivals come through the door, Collymore judges them to have improved enough to avoid the drop again.

Writing on his personal Twitter account on Saturday afternoon he put the Whites in 16th place, ahead of Nottingham Forest who are tipped for 17th, and a relegation-threatened trio of Southampton, Fulham and Bournemouth.

United welcome Wolves to West Yorkshire for their opening game of the season hoping to get off to a strong start in Marsch’s first full season in charge.

Modest

If it’s a choice between 16th and a campaign like the previous one then most fans would probably bite your hand off for it right now.

But the more optimistic would reasonably be holding out hope for better before a ball is kicked in anger in the league.

Yes, the two biggest names from the squad are gone, but at least on paper the recruitment has been sensible, in that it looks to have replaced Phillips and Raphinha while catering to the manager’s methods.

There has to be some doubts at left-back and striker unless further recruitments are brought in before the end of the window, with the likelihood appearing greater that attacking help will come in still.

Last season’s injury curse looks to be carrying over into this term already, with the likes of captain Liam Cooper ruled out for the opener, along with new signing Luis Sinisterra and starting full-back Junior Firpo.

Overcoming those constant set backs would be a major boost to the club’s chances, and fans will be nervously watching Patrick Bamford every time he touches the ball until he gets at least a few games under his belt unscathed.

If plans all come together then a decent mid-table finish at least doesn’t seem unreasonable, but there are plenty of unknowns at the moment.

In other Leeds United news, another key figure from the Marcelo Bielsa era might be on his way before the window closes.