Leeds United have only made two ‘new’ additions to their first-team squad this summer in the form of Helder Costa and Ben White, but with Pontus Jansson leaving for Brentford you could argue they are only really one man stronger.
Jack Clarke and Jack Harrison have also both joined on loan, but they were part of the squad during the 2018/19 campaign anyway.
Given the number of injury issues Leeds suffered to key players last term, the fact that they don’t appear to be stronger depth wise – aside from on the wings perhaps –must be a bit of a concern.
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The Whites do have a large squad, but it’s fair to say that some of their second string players aren’t the most experienced, or have the proven quality needed to help the club compete for a top-two finish in the Championship in the upcoming campaign.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at Marcelo Bielsa’s second-choice options…
Assuming Kiko Casilla will begin next season as the first-choice stopper again, that leaves Bailey Peacock-Farrell as his back-up.
The defence has a rather youthful look with new boy White, 19-year-old Robbie Gotts, who scored in the friendly against Tadcaster Albion last week, 19-year-old Pascal Strujik and the versatile Stuart Dallas making up the numbers – the former three have never made a Championship appearance.
Ezgjan Alioski may have been an ever-present until injury struck late on during the previous campaign, but his spell at left-back in the absence of Barry Douglas may have actually left him in a precarious position when it comes to his place in the team on the wing – the returning Harrison may well now be ahead of him in the pecking order there.
Three more youngsters – Clarke, Jamie Shackleton and Mateusz Bogusz who have made eight league starts between them – join Adam Forshaw in making up the rest of the midfield, with Patrick Bamford up top.
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While that XI does have a touch of experience it is largely filled with youngsters who are still unproven at Championship level.
Not the ideal depth for a team looking to finish in the top two next season then, which suggests that more work is needed – especially in defence – before the transfer window closes.