Liam Cooper has admitted to Leeds United’s official website that Marcelo Bielsa’s side would probably take finishing 17th in their first season back in the Premier League, but insisted that the squad are targeting pushing towards a top-half finish.
The Whites are closing in on their first top flight game for more than 16 years. They have been handed a baptism of fire however, with a trip to Anfield ahead on the opening day.
There is plenty of optimism however, with Leeds signing Rodrigo Moreno and Robin Koch this weekend. And having won the Championship title by 10 points last season, the Elland Road faithful are clearly hopeful that Bielsa’s men can stun many during the coming months.
Cooper conceded that securing survival is the first aim, but he also backed his side to spring a surprise.
“It’s going to be a different mentality this year and we all know that, we’re not stupid, we don’t think we are going to go and win the Premier League,” he told the club’s official website.
“I think every fan being honest would take 17th place, we want to stay in this league.
“Obviously we want to go and finish higher and push maybe for the top 10, but in all honesty we would all take staying in the league and that is what it is all about.”
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Leeds appear to have made smart moves in the transfer market. And it seems that they are not done just yet.
The Telegraph reported on Sunday that the Whites are interested in Rodrigo De Paul. The report noted that the Udinese star is going to cost at least £25 million. But the club would have surely had an idea of what the asking price may be when they registered an interest.
So it looks to be an incredibly exciting time for Bielsa’s men.
As Cooper notes, there are set to be some bumps in the road. But they clearly cannot wait for the ride.