Having made Caleb Ekuban the sixth summer signing so far, it is clear that Thomas Christiansen, Angus Kinnear and co. are assembling a fresh squad of their own making in order to improve on last season.

With Samuel Saiz undertaking a medical with Leeds, it should only be a matter of time before signing number seven is confirmed.

The question, with less than a month until the new season starts, is whether this new squad can gel together quickly enough for Leeds to come out of the blocks quickly in their pursuit of promotion.

Some of the signings made so far have been eye-catching in themselves, and provide plenty of optimism for Leeds fans since the players coming in seem to be of a high calibre. Vurnon Anita in particular was a pleasing signing after the midfielder’s performances for table-topping Newcastle last season. His experience and quality will be a vital cog to the Leeds side.

Signing Werder Bremen’s first-choice goalkeeper, Felix Wiedwald, was another capture that showed intent as well as ensuring that Marco Silvestri will not be called on as second choice keeper. Leeds are looking to raise their squad to another level after all.

The permanent signings of Pontus Jansson and Hadi Sacko, both popular with the fans, were important pieces of business since both players have a lot to offer, and showed their talent last season.

As Huddersfield demonstrated last season, following the appointment of David Wagner, a host of new signings from the continent can pay instant dividends. Having played in different leagues last season, it is clear that the Leeds players will have to adapt to new playing styles and alongside new players.

Indeed, last season Caleb Ekuban was playing in Italy with Chievo, Samuel Saiz was in Spain with SD Huesca, Mateusz Klich was in Holland with FC Twente and Felix Wiedwald was in Germany with Werder Bremen. Thus, the new signings come from different leagues with varying tempos. Inexperienced at English level means that many of the signings are a gamble. The capture of Marcus Antonsson last season was also a gamble which has yet to pay off.

However, the signs so far are good that Leeds are acquiring very good footballing talent. Klich has played international football for Poland, Saiz came through the Real Madrid academy and was sought after by other clubs, and Anita is another who has international experience.

Competition for places is another healthy benefit of bringing in new additions to the squad. Chris Wood was a lone ranger up front last season, and did so with aplomb, but with Ekuban now fighting for a place in the team, Wood will have to keep up his intensity levels as well as ensuring that Leeds have cover for injuries and suspensions.

Midfield in particular is abundant with quality with the likes of Anita, Klich, Ronaldo Vieira, Liam Bridcutt, Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane fighting for a place in the side. All players have the ability to get into the side, and will cause some selection headaches for Christiansen.

Leeds have made plenty of business in the transfer window so far, and there are rumours of more signings to come including winger Ezgjan Alioski being the latest European player linked with a move to Elland Road.