17 July 2024

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Leeds United’s start to the season has been patchy, as despite largely performing well in the bulk of their Championship fixtures, they only have one win to show for their admirable football under Daniel Farke.

The German has overseen one of the more tumultuous periods in the club’s recent history following their relegation from the Premier League, as the former Norwich City tactician has been forced to contend with mass outgoings that were completely against his will.

Fortunately, things are looking up following the conclusion of the transfer window, with his squad now settled and likely ready to recapture their form in order to force a title push.

Those who did stick around from last campaign’s debacle have a long way to go before they can truly say they have repaid the supporters’ faith, yet their consistency does provide a fine foundation for potential success at their new level, bolstered by those aforementioned new faces.

The likes of Ethan Ampadu, Glen Kamara, Joe Rodon and Joel Piroe are poised to electrify the Championship, but they will largely be aided by the likes of Luke Ayling, Wilfried Gnonto, Crysencio Summerville and Pascal Struijk.

Of all those names, it is likely the latter who has already experienced the biggest upturn in form following a frustrating campaign last year.

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As noted earlier, most of the squad have not played poorly enough to merit their 15th-place standing in the league, but rather a lack of proficiency up top has thwarted their efforts. The hope is that Piroe’s introduction can ease that burden, given the quantity and quality of chances they continue to conjure up.

With this in mind, the likes of Summerville and recently departed Luis Sinisterra sit atop their Sofascore ratings for the term thus far, closely followed by Ampadu and Liam Cooper.

However, in Struijk there has already been a sharp change in his fortunes despite his 6.94 average rating making him just the 14th-highest rated. After all, last season marked a low point for the Dutchman, who struggled to compete in the Premier League as he was forced to deputise at left-back, then in his more natural centre-back, with complete unpredictability.

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