'Very uncertain' – Exclusive: Pundit says QSI deal may be delayed, suggests PL plan B for Leeds
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 it’s possible that any potential investment from QSI could be delayed in the wake of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.
However, Robinson also suggested that the financial package Leeds would get if they got promoted could be enough to strengthen in the first transfer window.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has said he would look to take on extra investment if Leeds were promoted and reinforced QSI as the frontrunners by name-checking them in a recent interview with Di Marzio.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “The QSI thing, the chairman is Nasser [Al-Khelaifi] and he’s also the owner of beIN SPORTS, a Premier League rights owner.
“Things are very uncertain in the world of football generally and the world of business and there could be an impact.
“Radrizzani is clearly looking for investment if they go up but the financial package of being in the Premier League may be enough for him to go into the first transfer window without any extra money.”
Robinson also warned that it was make or break for Leeds this season.
“I think Leeds have to go up into the Premier League” Robinson added. “If not you’ve got another season in the Championship… Would Bielsa want to stay on and have another go? Probably not. Would Kalvin Phillips stay? Probably not. Would Ben White stay? Definitely not. Jack Harrison would go.
“It’s make or break for Leeds.”
Leeds don’t do things the easy way and we can’t imagine a more high-stakes game being played in the most uncertain time in football in our lifetimes.
Leeds are still very likely to go up, whether they secure promotion on or off the pitch, but for some fans the drama is too much.
We should get a bit more certainty from the Premier League meeting on Monday after the government issues potential new lockdown guidelines on Sunday.
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