It started with Hadi Sacko and ended with Pierre-Michel Lasogga. In between was a whirlwind at times and the squad looks very different from last season, and the start to the season has been better than any of us could have expected. It has been like no other in many ways, but this article will be focusing on where the new squad has arrived from, and how we have found them.
One We Knew – Hadi Sacko
Leeds parted with around £1.6 million to sign the French winger after a mixed season at Elland Road last season. Sacko was all over social media, but it smashed his confidence and a League Cup game against Port Vale was the last time we saw him in a Leeds shirt. An interesting situation.
One We Didn’t – Mateusz Klich
Klich was taken from cash-struck FC Twente for around £1.8 million and was quickly injured in pre-season. He didn’t return until just before the season started and hasn’t played much football since, restricted to League Cup games. His desire to get on the ball and his ability on it has set an early marker that fans have liked, and he is sure to be pushing for a league start soon.
One We Love – Pontus Jansson
At £3.5 million we have the bargain of the summer in any club up and down the country. Without Jansson we conceded two goals in one game, with him we have conceded none in four. Since he has come back into the side we haven’t looked like conceding in all fairness and he is such an important player for the club. I will say it like I see it, Jansson was the main reason the fans and players re-connected last season.
One For The Future – Magdar Gomes
Gomes arrived after leaving Liverpool in the summer and was a big part of pre-season despite being signed for the development squad originally. He was used at left-back as we had nobody who could naturally play there and has recently played in the League Cup. He will continue to develop in the under 23’s but early signs are that Thomas Christiansen thinks very highly of him.
One To Change The Style – Felix Wiedwald
Despite the form of Rob Green last season when German stopper Felix Wiedwald arrived at the club there was only going to be one player between the sticks come Bolton away if he was fit, and that was Wiedwald. He has been brought in by Orta, but more probably Christiansen to change the way we build up from the back, a sweeper keeper who is in the German mould for that position and likes to play with his feet.
One For Nowt – Vurnon Anita
Also one who left the Champions of the league to come to Elland Road. He was sure to have many options but chose to make the short move South to Leeds where he has been played at both right and left-back so far. A shrewd signing it has to be said.
One That Dragged, But Was Worth It – Samu Saiz
Saiz arrived after what seemed like an age of speculation. One minute he was off to Eibar and a month later he was lining up against them in a pre-season friendly in the white of Leeds United. A hat-trick on his debut followed by some brilliant performances, £3.1 million an absolute steal for the player. He’s already worth triple that.
One To Surprise – Ezgjan Alioski
Alioski had the chance to go to Atalanta and Basel but has ended up playing for Leeds United. Victor Orta worked his magic for this deal when it seemed like it was getting away from us. A video released by the agent company of Alioski showed Orta discussing the player, a player wanted by many clubs, and he’s a favourite already.
One To Replace – Matthew Pennington
Pennington arrived on a season-long-loan from Everton having been part of their first-team at times last season. First and foremost he was coming in to fill the void left by Kyle Bartley who made it quite clear he wouldn’t be coming back to the club if Garry Monk wasn’t here. Injured on opening day and back in training this week.
One For A Project – Caleb Ekuban
A player that arrived from Chievo for £500k and one that was a huge gamble. Although injured now he has impressed in every game he has played and led the line very well in his only league start at Sunderland. Raw, powerful and quick he is one that Thomas Christiansen will want to mould and early signs are that he will make an impact.
One From Rivals – Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
Rivals or not we have signed a player with bags of quality in Borthwick-Jackson. He is without doubt the best natural left-back at the club and the form of Vurnon Anita is the only thing keeping him from the team at the moment and in the games he has played he has been very impressive. I think he will end up as the number one in that position as the season ebbs and flows.
One Giant Of A Boy – Jay-Roy Grot
We didn’t see much of him at Forest but I don’t think he is what we thought if I’m honest. He isn’t a target man as such, he wanted the ball to feet and he seems to have some pace about him. If he is playing we need to make sure the lazy long balls don’t creep in. What does make you raise your eyebrow is that Fiorentina tried to sign him but their financial situation cost them the deal.
One For Various Roles – Pawel Cibicki
This was the hardest one to caption. Not only do we know very little about him we don’t really know where he will fit into the side. He plays off the left and right and also as a striker, but probably not as a lone striker. Hard to argue with Orta and co. this summer so we just have to trust with their most recent work. Was being looked at by Manchester United and Ajax earlier in summer.
One With Pedigree – Pierre-Michel Lasogga
Lasogga will be the number one striker I think. I have loved Roofe playing in that role but a player dropping from the Bundesliga to the Championship and on £55k per-week will expect to be playing and in reality he should be getting goals at this level. He seems a bit of a character which is always good for the team and powerful as well as experienced.