Leeds United will be looking to secure their first Premier League win of the season this afternoon as they host Liverpool at Elland Road.
Following their 5-1 opening day defeat at Manchester United, Marcelo Bielsa’s side picked up two consecutive draws, most recently against Burnley just before the international break thanks to a late Patrick Bamford equaliser.
Despite being linked to a whole host of new players, the Whites enjoyed a relatively quiet summer window but did secure a late deadline day signing as Daniel James finally made the move to Elland Road.
Although the window has now slammed shut, speculation continues to circulate on both incomings and outgoings at Leeds, so here we have rounded up some of the news that is doing the rounds.
Pundit backs James to succeed
Sky Sports pundit Lee Hendrie believes Daniel James will be a success at Leeds United following his deadline day arrival from Manchester United.
Two and a half years on from their failed pursuit of the Wales winger, Bielsa finally got his man as the Whites moved quickly for his signature after it was revealed he would be allowed to leave Old Trafford.
Speaking on Soccer Saturday, Hendrie claims that James has all the ingredients to succeed in a Bielsa side.
He said: “I think he suits Bielsa’s style of play. I think he’s a good signing for Leeds.
“He gives them that balance in those wide areas where Leeds are really good. He’s expansive, his counter-attack play is really good, and I feel that this will be a good move for him.
“He didn’t feature as much as he’d have liked last season, but he’s still a young boy, learning the trade. He went to a big football club and expectations were high when he came onto the scene at [Manchester] United. He really did make a bit of a name for himself.
“I thought he was going to be a big signing for them, but he sorted of drifted away. I feel that going to a Leeds side – he can certainly be a massive player in those wide areas. Touching on the way Leeds play, I think it’ll suit him down to the ground.”
Liverpool explored Bamford deal
Liverpool reportedly explored a deal for Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford earlier this year, according to Goal.
Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the Leeds number nine, who was rewarded with his first England cap last weekend following his excellent campaign last term.
Bamford netted 17 goals for the Whites last season and although Klopp’s interest didn’t materialise into anything concrete, the German has not been afraid in lavishing the 28-year-old in praise to the press.
Speaking in April, he said: “He’s an exceptional player. The work-rate is outstanding, and he still plays the football he plays on top of that, and scores goals. That’s rare.”
“They were saying that Leeds need a proper goalscorer, Bamford is not good enough, stuff like this.
“I’m so happy that he could prove them all wrong!”