By Nick Ware

15th Dec, 2021 | 11:10am

Simon Jordan makes £55m Leeds United claim in Premier League relegation prediction

Simon Jordan suggests Leeds United are not getting their money’s worth out of the current side after Tuesday’s 7-0 defeat at Manchester City (15 December).

Speaking via talkSPORT on Wednesday (15 December), Jim White asked if the “mystique” of Marcelo Bielsa had worn off.

Ex-Crystal Palace chairman Jordan replied: “You talk about lack of investment, £55million post-covid is not necessarily a poor return.

“You would expect perhaps a little bit more given the nature of the wealth and the potential investment that has gone into Leeds United from ownership models that are slightly changing and the size of the football club. So £55million is respectable.

“Last night was a horror story for them but it was a moment in time. I don’t see Leeds troubling the relegation zone.

“To some extent, I’m quite pleased because I think this bowing at the temple of Bielsa was getting a little bit too much for me.”

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Summer failures

Leeds signed four players on permanent deals during the summer transfer window.

However, one of those was Jack Harrison, who had been on loan at Leeds for the previous three seasons.

Another one was Kristoffer Klaesson, the 21-year-old Norwegian goalkeeper who is yet to make his Whites debut.

Therefore, the only two new arrivals to the club, that have played for the first team, have been Junior Firpo and Dan James.

The former has had an awful start to his career at Elland Road since joining from Barcelona, though he has not been helped by a combination of covid and injury.

James, meanwhile, was bought for big-money from Manchester United on deadline day but has just one goal and one assist in 16 appearances so far.

He has shown flashes of improvement in recent weeks, but is he what the Whites really needed?

There are gaping holes in the middle of midfield and up front, and that’s something that needs to be addressed in January.

In other Leeds United news, Gary Lineker was left stunned by one ridiculous moment in the Whites’ 7-0 humiliation at Manchester City