Two reasons Leeds United are Championship promotion contenders

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United may not be favourites to win promotion from the Championship, but we look at two reasons why they could.

Leeds United are the underdog with Sky Bet for their Championship opener with Burnley on Saturday, despite being the home side, and are rated 16th out of 24 sides to lift the title when the season ends in May.

The scepticism of critics towards Leeds' chances of promotion to the Premier League is far from affecting the mood of supporters, who think they are capable of being right in the thick of the race after an impressive summer in the transfer market.

Uwe Rosler has added Charlie Horton, Lee Erwin, Chris Wood, Sol Bamba, Ross Turnbull and Stuart Dallas to his impressive young squad and is likely to be very optimistic about his chances of promotion this season, even if he won't admit it.

We take a look at two key reasons Leeds could be a team to watch in the Championship this season.

Personal Development:

This can be often overlooked by critics, especially those who don't focus on the Championship too much, and Leeds have a number of players who should develop rapidly as the season gathers pace.

The Whites boast 13 players with first team squad numbers who will be 23 or younger when the season kicks-off on Saturday.

Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram, Chris Wood, Tom Adeyemi, Charlie Taylor and Liam Cooper are all among those 13 names and will all be looking to produce a memorable season in their careers as they look to show they are capable of becoming established Premier League stars in the future.

If it all clicks into place, it wouldn't be at all surprising to see some future stars put themselves in the limelight.

Problematic positions improved:

Leeds have brought in Wood, Dallas and Bamba to cover positions that last season seemed to be problematic.

Mirco Antenucci was the club's top goalscorer in the Championship last season, with a meagre 10 goals, so Wood will be tasked with improving that tally in the coming season.

Rosler also brought in Dallas who should add some much needed creativity to the wide positions, while Bamba should add some much needed steel to the back four, much like he did towards the end of last season during his loan spell.

All three signings have clearly been well thought out and it should show during the course of the season.

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