By Keith Ingham
The arrival of Stuart Dallas from Brentford yesterday for over one million pounds brought to seven, so far the number of new recruits we will see at Elland Road in the forthcoming season. Here is a look at their careers before they joined the greatest team in the world.
Charlie Horton, born 14/9/94, London.
Previous club: Cardiff City
Other club: Peterborough United
International honours: American under 23 player.
First thoughts : One that will most definitely start his career in the Under 21's at Leeds. He is well thought of by the coaching staff and is seen as a future number one at the club.
Lee Erwin, born 19/3/94, Bellshill, Scotland.
Previous club: Motherwell
Other club: Arbroath (loan)
International honours : Scotland under 17,18,19
First thoughts : A player that has shown even this early in his fledgling Leeds career that he could be a real asset this season, even if he starts it on the bench. A direct player who likes to beat a man and has a goal in him and at over six foot could trouble opponents defences. One to look out for.
Souleymane Bamba, born 13/1/85, Ivry-sur-Seine, France.
Position: Centre back
Previous club: Leeds (loan), Palermo
Other clubs: Trabzonspor, Leicester City, Hibernian, Dunfermline Athletic, Paris Saint - Germain
International honours : Ivory Coast full international, under 23, under 20.
First thoughts: If our season is to be a successful one, Sol Bamba will be a key performer. His display versus Everton, albeit a young team he still showed himself to be the 'rock' that is so important in the spine of a team. In my opinion the best defender we've had our books since Patrick Kisnorbo. A worthy captain of the club.
Tom Adeyemi, born 24/10/91, Milton Keynes.
Previous club : Cardiff City
Other clubs : Birmingham City, Brentford (loan), Oldham (loan), Bradford City (loan), Norwich City
International : Can play for England or Nigeria
First thoughts : A box to box midfielder who will probably sit in front of the back four. Tall, over six foot will give Leeds much needed height in the midfield area, showed in the Everton game he is a no nonsense player who was quite happy to break up their attacks and supply Cook and Mowatt with the ball. Another player I think there is a lot to come from and will be the 'engine' in midfield. A fantastic addition to the squad.
Ross Turnbull, born 4/1/85, Bishop Auckland
Previous club : Barnsley
Other clubs : Doncaster Rovers, Chelsea, Cardiff City (loan), Crewe Alexandra (loan), Barnsley (loan), Bradford City (loan), Barnsley (loan), Darlington (loan), Middlesborough
International honours : England under 16, 17, 18, 19
First impressions : Played at York City on the day he signed for Leeds, looked confident and assured in between the sticks. Honours FA Cup winners medal 2009-10, 2011-12. Champions League winners medal 2011-12. Quite a impressive array of medals in his time with Chelsea and a great back up keeper, he may well challenge Silvestri during the season for the keepers jersey in the first team.
Chris Wood : position centre forward : born 7/12/91, Auckland, New Zealand
Previous club : Leicester City, Ipswich Town (loan)
Other clubs : Leicester City (loan), Millwall (loan), Bristol City (loan), Birmingham City (loan), Brighton (loan), Barnsley (loan), West Bromwich Albion, Hamilton Wanderers, Waikato FC
International honours : New Zealand full international, under 23, under 17
First thoughts : Over two million pounds were reported spent on the six foot three centre forward, a slight injury delayed his debut but although new to the team is just what Leeds didn't have last season, a leader in attack who can and will worry every defender that faces him next season. A huge man, with a thunderous shot. The third player I think a lot will depend, remember two seasons ago he scored nineteen goals for Leicester City and was the Championship's top scorer. Another tally like that will improve Leeds' chances of a higher league placing. A great signing in my view.
Stuart Dallas, born 19/4/91, Cookstown, Northern Ireland
Previous club : Brentford
Other clubs : Northampton Town (loan), Crusaders
International honours : Northern Ireland full international, under 23, 21
First thoughts : As well as a centre forward, the position that worried Rosler most was on the left wing, a few players have occupied the 'number eleven' shirt, Sloth, Doukara and both although not natural wingers offered the Leeds Head Coach a option but clearly they were not the answer and the acquisition of the highly rated Northern Ireland player will be welcomed by all. He (Dallas) comes with a growing reputation and had over twenty assists and some great goals in Brentford's impressive first season in the Championship. The reaction of their club fans gave testament that they didn't want him to leave. One I'm pretty sure that will get fans off their seats. Another very good signing.
A very good sumner, signing wise and hopefully it will be enough for a serious challenge on at least the top ten this season. Myself I would still like another winger and a more reliable centre back than Bellusci or Cooper, but one thing for certain the team is better for the signings made and I think everybody will agree with that. Onwards and hopefully upwards!