By Will Butcher
Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman doesn’t believe Leeds will be able to mount a promotion charge this season, let alone challenge the top eight.
The Leeds-born pundit believes that the loss of teenage sensation Lewis Cook could have a huge impact on Leeds’ campaign, as Garry Monk looks to return his new side to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
In a team-by-team Championship preview with the Daily Mirror, the former striker revealed that he finds it hard to see the Whites mounting a challenge.
In his Leeds verdict, Goodman said: “It looks as though Garry Monk may get some time. The signings appear to be his although Lewis Cook’s departure to Bournemouth will be a loss. Hard to see any impact on the top eight.”
There is an air of positivity around Elland Road as the former Swansea manager has already brought in seven new faces to revamp his inherited squad.
New signings Rob Green, Kemar Roofe and Kyle Bartley are all expected to start on Sunday afternoon, as the Whites begin their Championship campaign against QPR.
Goodman, who is renowned for his goalscoring days with Sunderland, West Brom and Wolves during the late eighties and early nineties, named Roofe as the key signing because “he scored goals for fun at Oxford”.
Charlies Taylor had a transfer request rejected earlier in the week but Goodman nominated the 22-year-old as the Leeds player to watch.
Leeds will have just three days to recover after their showdown with QPR, with a League Cup match against Fleetwood on Wednesday.