FPL Promoted Teams – Leeds
Leeds returned to the Premier League as Champions and rightfully so as the best team in the Championship last term. Under Marco Biesla, they are a well-drilled side and easy on the eye. Several of their assets are attracting a lot attention in FPL so we will analyzing quite a few Leeds players.
It is not easy to pinpoint a single standout individual within Leeds last season. Hence, we will feature Rodrigo (FWD | 6.0), their record £26m signing over the summer.
Rodrigo is a full Spanish international, have a good reputation in La Liga and guess what – even has Premier League experience under his belt! The forward was a product of Real Madrid and spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Botlon, where he played 17 games in the Premier League (1 goal). His progress has since been upward and steady.
For the record, Rodrigo wore the no. 9 shirt for Spain in the 2018 World Cup and would have been a sure shot for their Euro 2020 squad had that gone ahead as planned.
We expect Rodrigo to go straight into Leeds’ starting XI, after all, it would be silly not to start your record signing. He is however, not an out and out striker. He averages around a goal every 4 games in his career, though his record in tougher competitions like the La Liga and Champions League is slightly lower (1 goal in 5 games and 1 goal in 8 games respective). He does have a decent record assists (averages 7 assists a season).
Playing style wise he is similar to ex-Chelsea player Pedro – someone which is smart, tactically disciplined and willing to go deep to effect play.
Other Players to note
Illan Meslier (GK | 4.5) is widely tipped to be the first choice GK ahead of Casilla (GK | 4.5) though it may be worth waiting for a few more friendlies / games to confirm this.
Leeds defenders are currently very sought after in FPL, not surprisingly, given that they have the best defensive record in the Championship and 22 clean sheets in 46 games.
Barry Douglas (DEF | 4.0) is owned by ~16%. Stuart Dallas (DEF | 4.5) and Luke Ayling (DEF | 4.5) also have >5% TSB. Dallas and Douglas are both left backs so one of the two will start. Dallas has more minutes under his belt last term but again, best to monitor.
Ayling is their right back and played 35 consecutive league games for Leeds and his spot is less challenged.
Mateusz Kilch (MID | 5.5) is a trusted member of the Leeds squad and missed only one game last season. From central midfield he contributed 6 goals and 5 assists. Hernandez (MID | 6.0) is Leeds’ most creative player, chipping in 9 goals and 9 assists from attacking midfield. Harrison (MID | 5.5) is another key player who can play on either wings. He is on loan so won’t be able the play against his parent club Man City.
Of the midfield trio, Kilch and Harrison are likely to play most games.
Other than Rodrigo, Leeds have made 7 other signings.
Among them is Robin Koch (DEF | 4.5) who is likely to get some games under his belt as a center back.
Leeds have the most challenging start to the season possible, with a trip to Anfield. Also, Man City visits on GW04.
Compared to Fulham and WBA, Leeds definitely look most well equipped to stay in the Premier League, even though they had been away from this level for the longest time (16 years). They have strengthened with their signings and Bielsa has succeeded at the highest level. If they start the season well, a mid-table finish beckons – they are be the Sheff Utd of last season.
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