Leeds United’s squad depth after Marc Roca’s arrives to add much-need midfield options

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Leeds United have continued their summer transfer window spending with the arrival of Marc Roca on a four-year deal. Roca joins Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen as Leeds’ third summer signing, with Jesse Marsch and co looking to strengthen early in the window.

However, there are still a few players in different positions Leeds need to add to their ranks ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign.

LeedsLive takes a look at where the Whites squad currently stands…

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Goalkeepers -Illan Meslier, Kristoffer Klaesson, Kiko Casilla

Leeds United look set in the goalkeeping department with Illan Meslier the Whites undisputed number one at Elland Road. They will hope that this season they’re a bit more solid defensively meaning Meslier won’t have to face as many shots as he did last season.

It’s also important to remember Meslier is still only 22. He will continue to improve with another Premier League season under his belt.

However, Leeds may well be looking to sign a back-up keeper this summer. Twenty-one-year-old Kristoffer Klaesson is young and unproven at first-team level having only made one Premier League appearance, while, Kiko Casilla, who spent last season on loan at Elche, does not look to have a future at Elland Road.

Verdict:Leeds should look to sign a veteran back-up goalkeeper this summer

Defenders -Luke Ayling, Junior Firpo, Robin Koch, Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente, Stuart Dallas, Pascal Struijk, Rasmus Kristensen, Leif Davis, Leo Fuhr Hjelde, Charlie Cresswell, Cody Drameh

Leeds have already strengthened their defensive options this summer with the addition of Red Bull Salzburg full-back Rasmus Kristensen. Kristensen is an attacking, athletic right-back who loves to get forward. He will most likely start in place of Luke Ayling, who is unlikely to be fit at the start of the new campaign. .

Junior Firpo will most likely start the season at left-back for Leeds with Stuart Dallas still recovering from a long-term knee injury. Marsch put a six month timescale on Dallas’ injury which he picked up in late April.

Leeds have four decent centre-backs in Liam Cooper, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk. They’re also blessed with some promising youngsters too in the form of Charlie Cresswell and Cody Drameh.

The latter won Cardiff City’s player of the season during his loan spell depsite only spending half a season in the Welsh capital. Drameh wants to play first-team football, and is eager to show Marsch what he can do this season.

Leeds seem to be relatively set in defence but they could always do with an upgrade if one becomes available for the right price.

Verdict:Leeds should look to sign a left-back if one becomes available at the right price

Midfielders -Adam Forshaw, Ian Poveda, Kalvin Phillips, Brenden Aaronson, Marc Roca, Mateusz Klich, Crysensio Summerville, Jamie Shackleton

Ideally, Leeds will look to sign another two central midfielders. Kalvin Phillips’ future at Elland Road remains in doubt and there is no guarantee he will sign a new contract with Leeds.

While there is interest from Phillips to sign a new deal, there are also reports linking the midfielder to both Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain, whose offers would almost certainly be too good for Leeds to turn down.

Marc Roca’s addition is a welcome one and an upgrade on what Leeds currently have in the middle of the park bar Phillips.

The Spanish midfielder signed for Leeds from Bayern Munich recently and should fit nicely into Marsch’s midfield.

Should Phillips stay, that will likely make him and Roca first choice in the middle of the park, leaving Mateusz Klich on the bench.

Klich has been a solid performer for Leeds over the years but recently turned 32. Leeds may look to start planning for life after Klich by signing a long-term replacement this summer.

Brenden Aaronson will likely play a bit further forward of a midfield two in an attacking midfield role. Given the financial outlay spent on Aaronson, Leeds will be hoping the US international hits the ground running at Elland Road.

Adam Forshaw, who spent the majority of the second half of the season injured, is set to be out of contract next summer. It seems unlikely his deal will be extended.

Additionally, it should be noted Dallas can play here too. His return later on in the season should give Leeds a bit more depth in midfield.

Verdict:Leeds should sign at least one more central midfielder (two if Phillips leaves)

Forwards -Patrick Bamford, Raphinha, Tyler Roberts, Helder Costa, Rodrigo, Dan James, Jack Harrison, Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood, Ian Poveda

While Patrick Bamford’s return to full fitness should boost Leeds’ in their attacking output, the loss of Raphinha this summer would be a massive set-back.

Raphinha was perhaps Leeds’ best attacking player last season, but has been linked with a move away from Elland Road ahead of the new season.

While Leeds will almost certainly profit massively if they sold the Brazilian, they would be hard pushed to find a replacement of equal quality. Additionally, clubs would likely ask Leeds to pay some form of transfer tax, knowing they have money to spend.

Therefore, the Whites probably need to add another wide attacker to their squad, as well as another striker to compete with Bamford.

Rodrigo has failed to produce consistently and Joe Gelhardt is still young and developing. The latter should be set for more first-team football this year but it’s important to make sure Leeds don’t rely upon him too much.

Jack Harrison is a solid wide forward and while Dan James is often frustrating, his pace is something that could really help Leeds now they have a clear slate heading into the new season.

Tyler Roberts and Sam Greenwood will likely be options off the bench this season, while Helder Costa’s future remains in doubt. If Leeds can find a move away for the Angolan winger, he will most likely depart Elland Road.

Winger Ian Poveda could be an interesting option if he can find his footing under Marsch following his loan spell with Blackburn Rovers.

Verdict:Leeds must add a striker and a wide forward (if Raphinha is sold)

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