History has a way of repeating itself, especially when it comes to football.
Leeds United are on the verge of making a return to the Premier League after 15 years away but if they secure their return, they cannot afford to make the same mistakes as they did before.
Following the Whites’ Champions League semi-final defeat in 2001 to Valencia, their extravagant spending during the latter stages of the 20th century finally caught up with them as they nose-dived into financial ruin. Relegation from the top-flight was followed by another in 2007 as the club fell all the way down to League One as they felt the full force of their owners’ severe mismanagement of funds.
With Leeds now in a much better state under the ownership of Andrea Radrizzani, they must not risk their immediate future by spending ludicrous amounts of money on unproven players such as Nahitan Nandez. According to Tuttomercatoweb, The Boca Juniors midfielder has been linked with a move to the Elland Road with Marcelo Bielsa keen on bringing him to England.
However, with an asking fee reported to be in the region of £26m (Ovacion, via HITC), it would be a major risk for the Whites to take if they find themselves in the Premier League, especially if they struggle to adapt to the top tier.
Although he is undoubtedly a talented player, it is not guaranteed that Nandez will be able to make the necessary changes to thrive in English football and so Bielsa should order the club’s director of football Victor Orta to call off any possible deal in the summer. Leeds would be better suited to developing players from their academy, especially when you consider the recent success of Lewis Cook and Kalvin Phillips. By continuing to do this, the Whites will not only be showing that they have learned from their previous mistakes but that they are willing to give their homegrown players a chance.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should the club spend big on Nandez? Or is it important that they do not get carried away financially if they secure promotion in May? Let us know below.