FPL Team Preview Leeds United
Leeds were promoted to the Premier League last season, stormed their way to a ninth-place finish and earned a lot of fans for the way they played under Bielsa.
Naturally, their players were FPL favourites for large parts of the season – 6 players had >100pts over the season, including Bamford, who finished FPL as the second highest scoring forward, only behind Kane.
FPL Team Preview Leeds United
2020-21 Premier League Season
Leeds won 18 and lost 15 matches last season. They scored 62 and conceded 54 goals. They were only 3 points behind Spurs, who sealed qualification to the newly created Europa Conference League.
The 54 goals conceded were the most for a side in the top half of the table but with 62 goals, they have found the net more times than Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton.
They ended the season with a bang – winning their last 4 games scoring 12 goals and conceding 2.
Patrick Bamford (8.0 |FWD) scored 17 and assisted 11 last season. He had a xG/90 of 0.54 and xA/90 of 0.17 with 3.12 Sh/90. He was also the main penalty taker for the Leeds side.
His price however, have been rightfully adjusted upwards to 8.0 for the start of the season. While he no longer is a budget option, 17.3% of FPL managers have selected him for GW01.
Stuart Dallas (5.5 | MID) also enjoyed a phenomenal season as an out-of-position (OOP) player. Listed as a FPL defender, he scored 8 goals and assisted 3. He was named as the Leeds’ player of the season.
This season, he is correctly listed as midfielder, a position he plays for all of the games last season, averaging of 1.27 Shots per 90 minutes. He also had 1.74 touches in the penalty box each game on an average.
Raphinha (6.5 | MID) was another FPL favourite after arriving from Ligue 1 over the summer. In his 30 appearances as he scored 6 and assisted 10 goals. He took 2.55 Shots per game with an xG/90 of 0.24 and xA/90 of 0.47. He also regularly takes freekicks and corners.
Near a quarter of FPL have selected him for GW01 and several have questioned if the Brazilian is underpriced.
Jack Harrison (6.0 | MID) impressed as well, scoring eight and assisting 10 goals for Leeds. He took 1.44 Sh/90 with 1.09 of them coming in the penalty area. He had an xG/90 of 0.22 and xA/90 of 0.27. He is 0.5M cheaper than Raphinha, drawing many comparisons. Over the summer, he sealed his permanent move from Man City.
Illan Meslier (5.0 | GK) is currently one of the goalkeepers that us “under the radar” in FPL. He scored the 3rd highest amount of points for GK last season with a save percent of 80%. He had15 bonus points last season, the joint top in BPS.
He currently has an ownership of just 5.3% and can also be a great differential.
Other than Harrison, a key signing by Leeds over the summer is left-back Junior Firpo (5.0 | DEF) from Barcelona. He arrives as a direct replacement for the outgoing Alioski but Bielsa usually tales his time tp ease his players into the team.
Firpo is a quick wingback with a desire to attack. In 62 La Liga appearances, he has 7 goals and 9 assists, often playing as an attacking left wingback. He did not quite break into the first team at Barcelona but let’s not forget that Alba is the first choice left back there.
Definitely worth a shortlist.
First 5 Fixtures
A mixed bag for Leeds in the first 5 fixtures. They start at Old Trafford where they lost heavily last season.
Look out for GW07-GW10 for Leeds, where they play Watford, Southampton, Wolves and Norwich in that order.
Leeds’ assets will continue to be very popular with FPL managers. Raphinha, Bamford and Dallas are already owned by >15% and that ownership will continue to rise if they start the season well.
Firpo can be a very good signing for Leeds and goes straight onto our shortlist.
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