By Dan Plumley

18th Nov, 2022 | 6:10pm

Finance Expert: Leeds United can bank new six-figure windfall easily in World Cup break

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Dan Plumley has insisted that Leeds United are set to bank an easy new windfall from their World Cup break friendly with Real Sociedad.

The Finance Expert admitted that the friendly is likely to bring in at least £200,000 to Andrea Radrizzani if Elland Road sells out, and it could go even higher.

Leeds are said to be taking advantage of the break by adding in more games at home to ultimately increase windfall alongside preparing their side.

“Just some rough ballpark figures, we are yet to see Leeds’ Premier League matchday income because last year was hit by the pandemic,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“We’ve not seen their accounts yet, but if you go back to pre-COVID, when they were in the Championship, they were generating just under £500,000 per match from typical matchday incomes.

“Of course, for this friendly fixture, you’re hoping it sells out but you’re not sure, hospitality income will not be as big, but nonetheless, looking at those figures from pre-covid, you could still generate £200,000 easily if they get a good crowd.

“That’s a good amount to add to the pot at a time when you’re taking advantage of the break and adding another match to the list. I think a couple of hundred thousand relatively easily you’ll be able to get that, which of course is a boost for the club.”

Leeds welcome Sociedad to Elland Road on 16 December, with two other friendlies likely to be targeted as they get ready to jet out to Spain themselves.

Jesse Marsch will no doubt be looking at the squad, but Radrizzani will be watching that bank with a keen interest as the windfall rolls in over the break.

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