It seems wherever Marcelo Bielsa goes, farcical turmoil is never far away (spygate anyone?). However, the Argentine Head Coach also holds considerable respect in his tactical and coaching prowess, as he lead the Elland Road outfit to the top of the Championship table for large parts of the season, only to bottle it as the final hurdle, a common theme with the club.
With astute signings last summer, including Spanish goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, left back Barry Douglas from Wolves and forward Patrick Bamford from Middlesbrough, they will be hoping to hold their nerve for the duration of the new campaign.
Leeds United Opening Fixtures
A good set of opening fixtures awaits the West Yorkshire club, starting with an away fixture at Bristol City. This is followed by a home game against Nottingham Forest, before an away day at Wigan. A trip to the capital follows with Brentford, before entertaining Stoke, finishing with the long trip to Swansea.
Leeds United Penalty Takers
Kemar Roofe scored 1 and missed 1 and Bamford scored his sole penalty taken.
Leeds United EFL Fantasy Picks
The Leeds attacking options are plentiful. Experienced Spaniard Pablo Hernandez hit 12 goals and 12 assists in 39 games, Roofe hit 14 goals with 2 assists, while Alioski served up 7 goals and 5 assists in 44 games and on-loan Wolves attacker Helder Costa notched 5 goals and 6 assists in their Championship promotion season over 36 games.
On the defensive side, there is a battle for the #1 spot with Casilla under pressure from highly-rated Bailey Peacock-Farrell, but with the loss of Pontus Jansen to Brentford, it remains to be seen how the defence will fare without his influence.
Leeds United Predicted Lineup
4-2-3-1: Casilla; Ayling, White, Cooper, Douglas; Klich, Phillips; Hernandez, Costa, Alioski; Roofe