Arsenal hero Paul Merson makes bleak Leeds United prediction ahead of Premier League return

Paul Merson fears for Leeds United ahead of the new Premier League season
Paul Merson fears for Leeds United ahead of the new Premier League season (Picture: Sky Sports)

Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Leeds United will be relegated from the Premier League next season unless they sign a new striker this summer.

Leeds won the Championship last season to secure a return to the English top-flight following a 16-year absence.

Argentine Marcelo Bielsa led the Yorkshire side to promotion in his second season in charge after finishing third in the Championship in 2018-19.

Leeds United will hope to hold their own in the Premier League but Merson reckons they will suffer immediate relegation back to the Championship unless they sign a new striker.

He told StarSport: ‘Fulham have a chance of staying up next season because of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

‘They will need a couple of signings and they will need to learn from their mistakes last time around when they bought badly.

‘But Mitrovic gives them a chance. He will score you goals and he knows the league. He’s done it in the Premier League before.

Marcelo Bielsa took Leeds back to the Premier League
Marcelo Bielsa took Leeds back to the Premier League (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s Leeds I worry about if they don’t sign a striker. I don’t see how they survive. I don’t see Patrick Bamford scoring the goals Mitrovic will.

‘I hope Leeds fans don’t think they will do a Sheffield United because I don’t see it. When you try to press like they do, top players will pop the ball around you.

‘But Fulham won’t try to overplay. They know their strengths and they have players who have been up there before. They should be able to grind out results.

‘If Leeds can get a top quality forward, they might be okay. But that’s where Fulham have such an advantage.

‘They don’t need another striker because they already have an absolute gem in Mitrovic.’

Leeds United begin their Premier League campaign on September 12 with a trip to defending champions Liverpool.

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