By David Woods

13th Dec, 2019 | 5:30pm

MOT View: Door opens to Jan transfers as Leeds chief delivers big profit & sustainability boost

Some fans look for easy draws in the FA Cup, so they can see their side progress. 

And, for a lot of clubs outside of the Premier League, a run in the cup is about as good as it gets.

Not for Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa’s men have bigger fish to fry and a trip to Arsenal is about as good as it could get.

Leeds get a chance to put themselves up against one of the top Premier League sides, and one that’s currently struggling under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg.

There’s a real chance Leeds could cause an upset but at the very least it lets us see how close the current starting XI is to being competitive in the top flight.

But there’s another very real reason why drawing Arsenal away is great for Leeds.

Leeds chief Angus Kinnear revealed that the financial benefits would give the club a significant boost in terms of profit and sustainability.

And, if Leeds do have to dabble in the January transfer window – if Eddie Nketiah is recalled for example – it will free up more cash.

Writing in the official matchday programme for the game against Hull, Kinnear said, “The FA Cup draw has given us the opportunity to test our Premier League credentials with a January trip to the Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal.

“While the footballing challenge has excited everyone associated with the club, the financial impact of the tie is not insignificant, with the shared revenue from ticketing and TV counting towards our Profit & Sustainability allowance.

There is a very obvious downside – the fans, who are facing a trip to London on the first day back at work after Christmas.

Kinnear addressed that saying, “Disappointingly, part of the commercial upside comes at the expense of the game being moved to a Monday evening and the resulting inconvenience for our travelling support.

“We will continue to make representation for the travelling logistics of away fans to be part of fixture scheduling decision making while at the same time knowing that whenever and wherever the game was played, the 8,000 allocation will still not be nearly enough for our travelling faithful.”

Leeds could drag in a seven-figure sum according to Phil Hay and that would pay significant wages until the end of the season. Just by way of example, 20 weeks at £50,000 is £1m.

Whether Marcelo Bielsa will want anyone is another guess entirely bu the Arsenal game really opens the door to a big player arriving.

In other Leeds news… Phil Hay: Leeds can sign rising star for £4.5m after club bust-up, half the price he was in 2018