Alan Brazil thinks that it will be very hard for Leeds United to break into the top six of the Premier League.
Brazil was talking on the Breakfast show on talkSPORT (Thursday, 7am) after an interview with Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani on Wednesday.
In the interview on Sky Sports, Radrizzani said, “I hope we can stay in the Premier League for two years.
“After that first cycle of two years, I think we will be ready to step up and close the gap with the bigger teams.
“Obviously, my objective, if I look at a period of three, five years, is to be just behind the top six.”
Brazil thinks that it will be tough to break into the upper echelons of the top-flight but said that Leeds had to be thinking of it in the next three-to-four years.
“We shouldn’t get carried away but Sheffield United were absolutely magnificent last season,” Brazil said. “I think it’s harder for Leeds. The expectation is much more.
“As long as they survive without much of a scare they’ll build from there and start having a push for the top half.
“It’s a money game I’m afraid. The top six for me is going to be so difficult to break into. I think top six is so difficult.
“Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal, Wolves and Leicester. But that’s Leeds’ aim, they’re a massive club with a huge fan base.
“They’ve got to be thinking about top six in three to four years.”
It’s important to have a plan
Radrizzani’s first plan was to get Leeds out of the Championship and into the Premier League. He’s achieved that in style.
Some Leeds fans might be expecting big things this season but consolidation is the aim and anything else a bonus.
Looking to break into the top six is an ambitious target but you don’t succeed in any area without being ambitious.
Leeds might well need extra money to get there but they’ve got a world-class coach and world-class fans.
Radrizzani won’t struggle to find extra investment with the San Francisco 49ers already a 10% owner.
Leeds are investing heavily in players for the future already and the hope will be that players like Joe Gelhardt and Cody Drameh will be ready to step up for that big tilt at the top six.
Players like Rodrigo and Robin Koch are evidence of the upward trajectory Leeds are targeting.
It won’t be easy but we never expected it would be.
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