Rosler explains logic behind Leeds summer signings, praises Adeyemi, Dallas and Wood

Uwe Rosler

Uwe Rosler is happy with Leeds' summer transfer business.

Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler has told BBC Radio Five Live that his transfer philosophy has helped him land young but experienced players.

The German manager arrived at Elland Road earlier this summer as a replacement for Neil Redfearn, and despite a poor spell in charge of Wigan Athletic, there is renewed optimism around Elland Road once again.

After beating Everton 2-0 in a pre-season friendly last weekend, Leeds head into the opening games of the season against Burnley in high spirits, and Rosler is a large reason for that.

Having already brought in a host of exciting new players, Rosler added another new face on Tuesday by signing winger Stuart Dallas from Brentford.

Now, when asked by former Leeds boss Simon Grayson whether his squad had the mental fortitude to cope with expectations at Elland Road, Rosler told BBC Radio Five Live that he chose to bring in players who were not only young but also had experience in order to deal with the weight of expectation - and singled out Tom Adeyemi, Chris Wood and Stuart Dallas as particularly key signings in that regard.

"Stuart Dallas and Tom Adeyemi I worked with, and they had worked under conditions where they were in a top team in League One, fighting for promotion and every game counted, every point was important, and I worked with them for a year," said Rosler.

"Also Chris Wood; he's been there, he won promotion, he's been in the Premier League, he went on loan, he needed a home. He went to the World Cup, he played on the biggest stage you can play. The players we've brought in are young, but they have already experienced a lot in their football lives," he added.

By signing players that he has worked with before in Adeyemi and Dallas, Rosler knows what he is getting, and both could play key roles in the Leeds side this season.

Meanwhile, Leeds lacked a dominant striker last season, and New Zealand international Wood could finally be the man to score goals on a regular basis for Leeds having joined from Leicester City earlier this summer.

With potential but plenty of Football League experience, those three signings could define the Rosler era - and it's a case of so far, so good for the new Leeds boss.

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