By Mark Smith

20th Dec, 2021 | 8:00am

Kieran Maguire responds when asked if Leeds United were 'cash cow' for EFL

Kieran Maguire has been quizzed on if Leeds United were just a big “cash cow” to the EFL during their years in the Championship.

The finances expert admitted that the fan certainly had a point, sharing that having the Whites in your league is always good for attendances and viewing figures.

Maguire did shut down the point that the EFL deliberately tried to keep Leeds from being promoted back to the Premier League for so many years.

When asked if Leeds were a “cash cow” for the EFL, Maguire shared his response on The Price of Football podcast.

“Actually, I think he does have a point in terms of their contribution to the EFL,” he said.

“In 2019, the last season pre-COVID – there were 10 teams who averaged more than 20,000 per match, absolutely phenomenal support, this season were down to five.

“Leeds impact that many ways, they will be getting more than 30,000 attending at Elland Road. Every time they go away, they sell out the away end.

“Having Leeds United in your division was good for the Championship, good for the EFL because they generated high viewing figures when they played.

“As for his belief that the EFL were deliberately trying to keep them in the Championship is probably not the case.”

Truth hurts.

We all know that the EFL were more than happy to bring the hammer down on Leeds whenever anything questionable happened at Elland Road.

Having said that, the main problem stopping us from returning to the Premier League for so long was ourselves.

Before Andrea Radrizzani, we had to deal with the likes of GFH Capital and Massimo Cellino in charge and there was probably more chance of going to League One rather than the top flight.

Leeds are certainly a “cash cow” for any division they are in, not many clubs bring to the table what they can, and that will be the same this season too.

With the 49ers Enterprises now edging towards a majority takeover now too, the value of the club is soaring towards an all-time high and it is essential we do not return to the clutches of the EFL next season.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are ready to make major January signings with unexpected deals to force action