Finance expert: Leeds United consider modernising Elland Road to bridge gap between Everton and Aston Villa
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Leeds United will certainly be considering expanding and modernising Elland Road after missing out on an opportunity to host the Community Shield.
That’s according to Dr Dan Plumley who claims that it may not be the main reason as they would also like to increase revenues generated from matchdays.
He believes that clubs like Aston Villa and Everton are those that Leeds will now be aspiring to be, as they have secured Premier League safety for next season.
The former have seen their owners put a lot of money into the club to attract quality players that seemed improbable a few years ago while the latter are on course to move into a new stadium by 2025.
Discussing the possible expansion of Elland Road, the Sheffield Hallam University expert told MOT Leeds News,
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“They need to expand Elland Road, not necessarily just to for this reason to host the Community Sheild.
“You’re looking more towards long-term matchday finances and where Leeds are looking to grow.
“It is something that they will be looking at as it gives you longer term growth potential which is huge.
“You’ve got to look to modernise the stadium and Leeds must look at Aston Villa and Everton as examples as that’s who they are trying to catch in the Premier League and they’re trying to bridge the gap between those two clubs.
“So that’s the long-term play on it.”
According to the Daily Mail, bar the Leeds home ground, Villa Park, Emirates and the London Stadium were venues being considered for the Community Shield as the date coincides with the women’s Euro final.
However, it was Leicester City’s King Power Stadium that won the right to host the game between Manchester City and Liverpool in a couple of months.
In other Leeds United news, a first-team player may fancy a move to Manchester United to reunite with idol this summer.