Ian Rush tips Leeds to crack Europe in coming seasons
Ian Rush has backed Leeds to get into Europe.
The Welshman, who had a short spell at Elland Road, is mightily impressed with Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
He spoke about how the Whites are a fantastic side to watch who guarantee entertainment.
Not only that, but he expects them to be knocking on the door for European football in the coming seasons.
And why not? They finished 9th last season and if Bielsa is to help his side kick on then a top seven finish isn’t unheard of.
“Leeds are a great club, and always will be, with fantastic supporters who deserve to be in the Premier League.”
“Any team going to Elland Road is in for one hell of a game and I’m expecting goals this weekend because neither team will change their way of playing.”
“I know Leeds’ owner, Andrea Radrizzani, and they will be looking towards Europe in the coming seasons.”
“‘You’ve got the top four teams but there will always be a surprise somewhere – why not Leeds?”
“Patrick Bamford had an excellent season last year and I rate him very highly. He has not only scored goals in the Premier League, but his work-rate is fantastic.”
“He’s just the sort of player Marcelo Bielsa loves as he puts the opposition under pressure.”
It’s hard to argue with Rush.
Patrick Bamford scored 17 and assisted eight last season (Transfermarkt), so he’s well-placed to spear-head a push for Europe.
Leeds will just have to sharpen up at the back if they are to make the push for European football.
Last season saw them concede 54 times, more than any other side in the Premier League top ten.
If they can reduce that number in the coming seasons then there’s no reason why they can’t make Europe.