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How Leeds could line up next season as Jesse Marsch replaces key players with SIX summer signings

When Luis Sinisterra signed for Leeds earlier this week, he became the sixth signing for Jesse Marsch’s side this summer.

After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, the American manager has set about transforming his side as they look for a more comfortable finish to the 2022/23 Premier League.

They may lose some key players as well, though. Kalvin Phillips has already joined Manchester City and Raphinha is being heavily linked with a move away. 

With change the only constant at Leeds this summer, SportsMail looks at how they could line up next season. 

Jesse Marsch has already bought in six players this summer as he looks to strengthen his side

Goalkeeper – Illan Meslier

Despite only being 22, Meslier has been such a constant for Leeds that it feels like he has been around forever. 

The French goalkeeper joined the club on loan when they were in the Championship in 2019/20 but signed permanently the season after and has been Leeds’ No 1 between the sticks ever since.

He looks set to maintain a starting birth, with Kristoffer Klaesson providing cover if needed. 

Illan Meslier has become a regular at Leeds  over the past few seasons despite being just 22

Illan Meslier has become a regular at Leeds  over the past few seasons despite being just 22

Left-back – Junior Firpo

Firpo struggled for gamteime last season as injuries kept him to just 27 appearances across all competitions.

If he can stay fit he could be a key player for Leeds, and he seems to have the right attitude. In a recent interview, he told BBC Radio Leeds: ‘I want to be attacking, as long as injuries and Covid let me.’ 

Left centre-back – Pascal Struijk

 The 22-year-old Dutchman has played all of his senior football at Elland Road and looks set to continue as a key member of Marsch’s side.

Strujik has another two years remaining on his contract and will be hoping to establish himself as a top Premier League centre back in the mould of Virgil Van Dijk, a player he has occasionally been compared to.

Right centre-back – Liam Cooper 

Cooper has become a Leeds stalwart over the past few years, playing 245 games in eight seasons as they have risen from the Championship and clung on to Premier League status.

His gametime was down slightly last year from what it had been in the Championship, but the 30-year-old still looks to be the man in posession for the start of the season.

Right Back – Rasmus Kristensen

The Danish international Kristensen has an impressive record to date, all be it in some of Europe’s lower rated leagues.

The 24-year-old already has four league titles to his name, three with Salzburg (two of which came under Marsch’s management) and one with Ajax.

There will be competition at right back from the likes of Luke Ayling, but Kristensen should be first choice.

Rasmus Kristensen will face competition from Luke Ayling to start at the right-back position

Rasmus Kristensen will face competition from Luke Ayling to start at the right-back position 

Left central midfield – Tyler Adams

Adams only arrived at Leeds this summer, but has good memories of playing Premier League sides after scoring against Chelsea on his New York Red Bulls debut as a 16-year-old.

As with a number of the new players arriving at Elland Road, Adams has worked with Marsch before at both New York and Leipzig.

He may be fighting Jack Harrison for a place, but the American has already proved himself popular with the manager, albeit in very different leagues

Right central midfield – Marc Roca

The highly-rated midfielder will be glad to be back at a club that can give him regular football, after spending two seasons on the fringes at Bayern Munich.

Roca played 24 league games for Bayern across two seasons, winning Bundesliga titles in both of them.

He is likely to start the season as Marsch’s first choice, but the 6ft 5in 18-year-old Darko Gyabi will be one to watch after arriving from Manchester City.

Luis Sinisterra will be high on confidence and could make up for Raphinha's potential exit

Luis Sinisterra will be high on confidence and could make up for Raphinha’s potential exit

Left wing – Luis Sinisterra

Leeds’ most recent signing came alive for Feyenoord last season, scoring 23 goals in 49 games despite never reaching double figures before.

The Colombian winger will be high on confidence and could make up for Raphinha’s absence if the Brazilian winger does leave this summer.

Central attacking midfield – Brenden Aaronson

Linking up with Adams in midfield is fellow American Aaronson. 

In his past two seasons, he has won consecutive Austrian Cups and Austrian League titles alongside Kristensen at Salzburg, giving him an impressive trophy cabinet for a 21-year-old.

Aaronson looks set to play behind the striker in this new-look Leeds side.

Daniel James could be an important player next season and can cause problems with his pace

Daniel James could be an important player next season and can cause problems with his pace

Right-wing – Daniel James

The Pacey Wales winger showed glimpses of his ability last season, but in truth he is yet to fully back up the form he showed when he burst on to the scene at Manchester United in 2019 with three goals in four games.

He is still a tricky prospect for opposition defenders, and could link up well with Leeds’ main striker. 

Striker – Patrick Bamford

 Injuries kept Bamford to just 10 games last season and he was sorely missed as they struggled to score regularly.

He did show his worth the season before, though when he scored 17 goals in 38 Premier League games. Rekindling that form could help propel Leeds to a mid-table finish

Patrick Bamford missed much of last season due to injury but scored 17 goals the year before

Patrick Bamford missed much of last season due to injury but scored 17 goals the year before

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