By Ben Dinnery

2nd Jun, 2022 | 10:48am

Expert issues 'massive' Leeds United transfer claim

Leeds United can only continue their high-octane playing style if they recruit the right profile and number of players this summer.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Statistics relayed by The Athletic last Monday (23 May) show that Leeds ended 2021-22 with the most sprints per 90 minutes and the highest distance covered in the Premier League.

The West Yorkshire side replaced high-pressing fanatic Marcelo Bielsa with Jesse Marsch in February.

The American has brought a new style of play to Leeds but has stressed that they will continue to play high-intensity football.

Dinnery insists that recruitment is “massive” if they are to avoid a repeat of the injury and fitness issues that almost relegated the Whites in 2021-22.

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“I voiced my concerns that there never seemed to be a plan B with Bielsa,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“It was 100 per cent football with no let-up. You will work harder than the opposition. No questions asked.

One of the things that was levied at the squad when they first came up was that they will finish the season on a whimper because they will all break down and be tired. But as long as those players are managed correctly, it can work.

“Recruitment is a massive part of that. You can carry on playing this style if they can recruit players who are able to cope with the demands. If not, there are major concerns.

“But inherently, there are only a few pinch points where you aren’t getting the right recovery time. Christmas, for example.

“The depth of that squad then starts to become a bit stretched. That becomes a vicious circle. You’re playing players who are in the red zone.

“But if you have enough players who are up to the task, they shouldn’t have any major issues coping with that.

Leeds will kickstart their pre-season ahead of 2022-23 with a tour of Australia in July.

Co-owner Andra Radrizzani has promised investment in the squad this summer.

In other news, pundit suggests Leeds United set for Kalvin Phillips boost after Man City update.