The defender, on his way back after an ankle injury, suspects that the Yorkshire side's fighting qualities will serve them well in confounding negative predictions and making a possitive impression on the Premiership table.
The gifted Harry Kewell left Elland Road this summer, following on from the earlier exits of, among others, Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, Rio Ferdinand and our own Robbie Keane.
Players of some standing, however, are still on the Leeds books and opposition teams are unlikely to expect and easy game against a side containing the likes of Paul Robinson, Dominic Matteo, Lucas Radebe, Alan Smith and Mark Viduka.
"They've lost a lot of great players but, at the moment, they still have a few great players in their squad.
"They always provide a tough game and they are a good fighting side. You can never underestimate them, but they could have been challenging for titles now if they hadn't lost players.
"Viduka and Smith are two quality strikers and any defenders are in for a tough game against them."
Ledley added that the boys will be fired up for the game after the Birmingham misfortune on day one.
"Definitely. I was listening to the game on the radio and thought we were unlucky to come away with no points from Birmingham.
"That is what the Premiership is all about though, every game is a tough game and we've got to pick ourselves up and fight on."
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Ledley King feels that Leeds United are still a force to be reckoned with despite a number of high-profile departures in the last year.