Andrea Radrizzani has claimed that he wants Leeds United to follow Brighton’s business model in terms staying in the Premier League should they secure promotion this summer.
The Whites are currently top of the Championship with six games left to play, and are arguably in their strongest position ever to return to the top flight after 16 years in the Football League.
And Radrizzani has earmarked the Seagulls as one club who are worth emulating if his club can get their promotion push over the line.
Speaking to FIFA’s Professional Football Journal, he said: “On the pitch, we have a very clear goal: promotion to the Premier League.
“Over the next five years, we will continue to build a club and infrastructure capable of succeeding in the world’s most competitive league.
“As a model, I look at clubs like Brighton & Hove Albion and the success they’ve achieved gradually on a sustainable budget. I want to take a similar approach.
“When we come through the global pandemic, I believe we will be in a good position for the immediate future and also to build for the longer term.”
This is probably not the worst idea from Radrizzani, to be fair.
When you look at clubs that get promoted, there are really three types.
The first, and the most common, are the ones who aren’t truly ready for the step up, and who end up going back down pretty shortly after.
The second are the ones who receive huge cash injections, such as Wolves, and who are readymade for a tilt at the top end of the table.
And the third, which is the category Leeds would most likely fall into, are the ones who have endured a long slog to the top, have stable ownership, and who find a way to grow year on year until they are a fully established member of the top flight.
Brighton are a fine example of this, as are Burnley.
But with no disrespect to either of those sides, Leeds’ potential is so much bigger.
Not only do we have a world class manager in Marcelo Bielsa, we also have one of the biggest and most loyal fanbases in the country.
Trying to emulate Brighton is perfectly fine, and should be commended, but if we do go up, you would like to think that our ambitions would expand beyond the Seagulls’ in a relatively short period of time.
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