Exclusive: Top pundit makes bold Leeds squad claim amid big transfer development
Michael Brown is not worried that Leeds United have not added significant Premier League experience to their squad as they prepare a new Rodrigo De Paul offer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Whites midfielder likened Leeds to Sheffield United last season as a promoted team that did not sign a wealth of Premier League experience but still succeeded.
The Blades were widely tipped to struggle last season but surprised everyone by finishing ninth, just five points behind a Europa League position.
Leeds have made two marquee signings this window, defender Robin Koch from Freiburg and striker Rodrigo from Valencia.
The pair made their debuts in Leeds’ 4-3 loss to Liverpool on Saturday with both giving away penalties.
Koch, 24, had never played club football outside of his native Germany while Rodrigo played 17 Premier League games on loan at Bolton Wanderers a decade ago.
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Leeds have now turned their attention to Udinese attacking midfielder Rodrigo De Paul on a potential loan-to-buy deal, another player who hasn’t played in the Premier League
Asked by Football Insider whether he is worried that Leeds have not added enough Premier League experience, Brown said: “Well, if you’d have seen Sheffield United’s team at the start of last season you would have asked the same sort of question.
“It’s a team that has been together some time, they missed out last year and have tweaked it here and there, not hugely for this season, so the understanding levels are there.
“The recruitment looks like it is headed in the right direction, we might see possibly two or three more.
“The style of play will suit the start of the season because they control and have possession.”