Leeds United need to form multi-club network like Liverpool and Arsenal plan to
Leeds United are at risk of becoming dinosaurs if they do not adapt like some of the super-big English clubs are like Liverpool and Arsenal.
Manchester City have been the pioneers for this in many ways and Chelsea are also looking at getting into this, according to a recent report in the Guardian on 28 September.
This has been done to have sources of young players in different countries and continents and also give the current players a chance to get first-team minutes elsewhere.
Leeds, who have now been in the Premier League for three seasons, are slowly establishing themselves as a top-flight outfit.
While that is good, they cannot be stagnating and need to do something to go to the next level and become a top ten club.
One of the reasons City are so good is that they have a quality network of clubs all over and a number of their players go there to gain experience.
While they do not have players coming from those specific teams, they have an additional sector of youngsters to look at which many of Europe’s top clubs and scouts miss.
There are some directions that Leeds may be looking at one of these options as well as their board member Sandro Mencucci has taken on the role of managing director with newly-acquired Serie A outfit US Lecce.
Mencucci has not been central to most things at Elland Road, but he would surely have talked about being a significant part of another club and this is something that Angus Kinnear and Andrea Radrizzani must look into along with the San Francisco 49ers.
The fact that the part owners are American, we would not be surprised if they start looking at MLS clubs as affiliate options.
However, these things need to happen soon or Leeds will be seeing themselves playing catch up to some of the heavy hitters.