Leeds United have plans to “dramatically” upgrade Elland Road over the coming years, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Leeds are in a strong position to win promotion back to the Premier League once the Championship season gets back underway and it is understood that there are certain requirements that would need to be met if that happens.
Ex-Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Hay claims that not only do Leeds have plans in place to upgrade Elland Road in the short-term, but they also do in the long-term.
“It hasn’t changed much in 20 or 30 years and the plan is for it to now start to develop quite dramatically,” he said on the Phil Hay Show podcast.
“I think the interesting thing about this discussion is not only the way in which it’s going to change in the longer term but also the way in which it’s going to change if Leeds go up.
“There are statutory changes you’ve got to make to comply with Premier League regulations and that’s the sort of thing that keeps clubs busy through the summer when they go up. What goes on in the background with the infrastructure can be quite dramatic.”
Hay added: “It can be expensive, it will cost money and, ultimately, it has to be done. I don’t know whether the COVID-19 shutdown if the summer will be shorter or longer and things could change. But I don’t think it will, I think Leeds will still be obliged to do what they have to do. If they do go up, they’ve got quite a busy summer on quite a few fronts.”
Andrea Radrizzani bought back Elland Road when he gained full ownership of the club back in 2017, 13 years after it was sold to reduce debts.
It was one of the first signs of Radrizzani’s ownership steering the Whites in the right direction as now, a few years later, Marcelo Bielsa has the club sitting top of the Championship and seven points clear of third with nine matches to play.
If Leeds go up then they’ll have to sort out certain parts of the stadium but Hay’s reveal about longer-term planning is really interesting.
Are they planning to expand the capacity? If so, that will be superb news to build Elland Road into a stadium that is fit hosting one of the best-supported teams in the country in the country’s best league.
In other Leeds United news, Angus Kinnear has shared an update on talks to secure longer loan deals.