Mid-Season Review: Taking a Look at How Leeds' Summer Signings Have Fared So Far This Season

​After finishing in seventh place under Garry Monk in last season's campaign, during the summer new faces were aplenty at Elland Road. 


This included new coach Thomas Christiansen and a vast array of foreign imports in an effort to get Leeds promoted from the Championship after thirteen years without top-flight football.

Here we assess how Leeds' new men have done so far.

7. Felix Wiedwald (4/10)

The German stopper was signed by Christiansen as a replacement for former England 'keeper Rob Green, who enjoyed a fantastic spell at Elland Road. Unfortunately, the former Werder Bremen man has failed to win fans over so far, as he has already gained a reputation of unreliability, compounded by the occasional howler. 


Leeds' woes in the goalkeeping department need to be addressed soon if they want to win promotion this season.

6. Andy Lonergan (5/10)

In what is his second spell at Leeds United, Andy Lonergan was brought in by Christiansen as a backup 'keeper, which allowed young starlet Bailey Peacock-Farrell to benefit from a loan spell at York City.


Lonergan has seen more action than most fans would have anticipated at the start of the season, however, as he featured throughout all of Leeds' games in November as a replacement for the horrifically out-of-form Felix Wiedwald. 


Lonergan himself has not covered himself in glory though, dropping clangers against his former team Wolves and Brentford.

5. Vurnon Anita (6.5/10)

In what came as a surprise to most Newcastle fans, Anita left St. James's Park this summer to join Leeds United on a free transfer. Many Toon fans were left baffled as to why a key part of their promotion winning side was let go, and regarded him very highly as shown on Twitter


The midfielder-turned-full-back enjoyed a great start to his career at Elland Road, helping Leeds to their best start ever, but he has since fallen down the pecking order and has struggled to feature ahead of Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi in the full back positions. 


Anita has indeed shown glimpses of his quality, and it is safe to say that his start to life at Leeds has been reasonably successful.

4. Pierre-Michel Lasogga (7/10)

The big German striker was brought in on loan as a like-for-like replacement for Chris Wood, and Lasogga's Leeds career started with a bang. Having scored a brace on his debut against Burton Albion, many fans thought that Lasogga was a coup, especially after having scored impressive numbers in the Bundesliga for Hamburg.


Lasogga has recently succumbed to injury, however, and has therefore been out of action for the last three weeks. 


After having scored five goals for Leeds since joining, Lasogga has had a promising start for Leeds, but being Chris Wood's replacement was always going to be a difficult task for the German.

3. Caleb Ekuban (7.5/10)

After an impressive debut in the Cup against Port Vale, Caleb Ekuban, an import from Italy's Chievo Verona, suffered a broken foot against Sunderland in August that ruled him out for three months. As a result, fans have not seen as much of Ekuban as they would have liked to - but what they have seen has been impressive. 


The Ghanaian's tireless runs in attack have impressed fans and manager alike, as he has been rewarded with successive starts since coming back from injury. 


Although he has not scored a league goal, his contribution to the team has not gone unnoticed, and Ekuban's desire to work hard and leave everything on the pitch has offered Leeds a unique attacking outlet.

2. Ezgjan Alioski (8/10)

Ezgjan 'Gjanni' Alioski has given Leeds something they badly lacked last season: width. 


Alioski's mazy runs, along with his attacking flair and creativity have set Elland Road alight, scoring five goals in the process.


However, during a poor period for Leeds where they only gained nine points from ten games, Alioski failed to impress or help to stop the rot. Despite this, Alioski's current form is very encouraging for Leeds fans. If Alioski can continue to perform at his current rate, he may be one of the summer signings of the season across the Championship.

1. Samu Saiz (9/10)

​In what was a transfer saga during the summer, United's £3m capture of Samu Saiz has proven to be an absolute bargain. 


The Spanish playmaker has been immense for the Whites, and after scoring a hat-trick on his debut, Saiz's performances in the Championship this season have left Leeds fans mesmerised. 


He is Leeds' joint top scorer with nine goals, and his darting runs and exquisite calmness on the ball has led to some Leeds fans hailing the midfielder as the club's best business of the summer. An ever-present in the team, Saiz's performances for the rest of the season are critical to where Leeds United finish in the Championship.

Overall, the business completed by Christiansen and transfer guru Victor Orta has been successful; Leeds fans have been left ecstatic by the signings of Alioski and Saiz, and the two creative midfielders have given Leeds a unique attacking midfield that they have lacked in previous seasons.

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