By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

7th Jun, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Paul Robinson makes big claim about future of Elland Road if Leeds promoted

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has said that Leeds have the perfect opportunity to build a brand new stadium on the land surrounding Elland Road, while that’s still in use, if they’re promoted.

Leeds CEO Angus Kinnear has said that they will look to expand Elland Road to a 50,000 capacity stadium if they’re in the Premier League.

Robinson thinks that three of the four stands need developing and that there’s a good opportunity to do this while fans are loved out because of the Coronavirus.

However, he also said that they could even build a brand new stadium while Elland Road is still in use.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “While the stadium’s empty then there’s a really good opportunity to rebuild, especially if they’re in the Premier League.

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“Andrea Radrizzani, when he came in, he was the first owner to buy the stadium. Other owners made promises but the first thing he did, much credit to him, he did.

“Now they’ve got the opportunity to expand the stadium. He’s done everything else behind the scenes with the infrastructure… The executive boxes, the directors boxes, it’s all Premier League ready.

“But three of the stands could do with redeveloping, whether that’s building on top or even building a new stadium while Elland Road is still in use – they’ve got the land to be able to do that. If Leeds are in the Premier League it’s an option they could look at.

“If football’s going to be behind closed doors for the foreseeable future then it’s a great opportunity for Leeds if the finances are there.”

We think fans would prefer to see a much-improved and expanded Elland Road if Leeds get into the Premier League and that’s the route we expect Radrizzani to go down.

New stadiums offer a lot but they can also rip the heart out of a club and lead to other problems, as Tottenham and West have found out.

The thought of a 50,000-capacity Elland Road is a spine-tingling one, though.

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