Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani has conceded that the club won’t be spending lavishly in the transfer market this summer and will once again rely on their academy stars next season.
Just a week after their promotion dream died at the hands of Derby County in the play-off semi-final second leg, Leeds are turning their thoughts to another season of Championship football and how best to equip their squad for the challenges ahead.
During this season’s near miss, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa pinned plenty of trust in his side’s Academy stars, with 10 players aged 21 or under all making senior debuts for United over the course of the campaign.
And while two of those have on Wednesday been linked with money-spinning moves to the Premier League, Radrizzani admits the club won’t go spending a fortune in pursuit of promotion – and has stressed that the next generation will again be afforded a first-team chance.
Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football summit in London, the Leeds United chairman admitted finances will be tight this summer.
“We will have to run a difficult summer in terms of transfer market but we have a great academy,” said Radrizzani.
While the likes of academy graduates Kalvin Phillips, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Jack Clarke were all afforded plenty of game time, the likes of left-back Leif Davis, striker Ryan Edmonson and midfielder Mateusz Bogusz all look set for chances to impress next term, as Leeds – hopefully with Bielsa in tow – look to mount another bid for promotion.
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