Leeds Super Fans react to Andrea Radrizzani's transfer hint
This is part of a regular series from our panel of Leeds United Super Fans. Each week, Super Fans from our Leeds Insider Facebook page will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around Elland Road…
Andrea Radrizzani has suggested this week that he wants to see Leeds United as a top-six team in the Premier League.
Speaking at the Lisbon Web Summit, the Leeds chairman has given his full backing to Marcelo Bielsa despite a tough start to the season.
Phil Hay of The Athletic has suggested that Radrizzani has dropped a massive hint that if Leeds avoid relegation this season, they will invest heavily in the summer transfer window.
Radrizzani said, as quoted by Yorkshire Post: “Now we are partnered with 49ers, this is fundamentally very important because it will be very difficult to stay in the Premier League, but if we stay in it this year I think we can go much more than last year and go into the top six.”
“Start to renovate the stadium and continue to grow the value of this club.”
We asked our esteemed panel of Super Fans for their thoughts on Radrizzani’s comments, and we find they are divided in their opinions.
There are some fans who have asked the question why the club are not aiming to invest big in January especially when Leeds are fighting for survival, while there are others who feel it would be wise to take a holistic approach in the summer window.
Here’s what they said below…
It is true that Leeds have struggled this term, but the league table is probably not an ideal reflection of their squad. Rather it is a combination of several factors.
Leeds finished ninth in the league table last season, and they are still a very talented side. They haven’t lost any major players and bolstered their defence by adding Junior Firpo.
The injuries to several key players have been unfortunate. Leeds also failed to sign a top midfielder in the summer transfer window, and they are still heavily reliant on Kalvin Phillips.
A few wins at a stretch will bring back the confidence in the side. Leeds are too good a side to suffer relegation, and they are expected to climb up the table as the season progresses.
Bielsa is not too keen on signing players in January as it becomes difficult for him to integrate him into the side midway. Hence a more pragmatic approach in the summer makes sense.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared his transfer thoughts on Raphinha ahead of January.