Leeds United spent close to £100m on transfers in the summer window, bringing in quality international players such as Rodrigo and Robin Koch.
But that’s just half of the overall spending this season, with Leeds doubling their wage bill to £100m too, according to Phil Hay. That’s up from £50m in the previous year.
Writing on The Athletic Hay said, “I gather that the wage bill has virtually doubled as a result of new signings and rises earned through promotion-related clauses in the contracts of existing players.
“So it will be much closer to £100 million a year than the £50 million a year Leeds were paying in the Championship.”
We’ve praised Andrea Radrizzani a lot in the past and were desperate for him to stay on in the Premier League.
He’s bought Elland Road back and brought Marcelo Bielsa in as manager. He finally got us back into the Premier League and now he’s got his sights set on the top-half of the table.
£200m is a serious amount of money and it’s the latest calculated gamble from the owner.
Contrast what happened at Leeds this summer with what West Brom fans have had to endure.
They were told that Slaven Bilic had a very limited budget and finally managed to bag striker Karlan Grant last week in a deal said to be worth £15m.
West Brom will pay this fee in six instalments over his six-year contract at £2.5m a year.
Leeds signed Spain’s number nine for £27m.
It’s not just the money, though, it’s the way Radrizzani is doing things, by the book but pushing as much as he can within sensible guidelines.
We deserve someone like Radz after the terrible owners we’ve suffered through.
And, while him, Victor Orta, Angus Kinnear and Marcelo Bielsa are in charge, we think Leeds will keep moving on up.
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