Despite no incoming transfers for Leeds during the January transfer window, there was a big development as Andrea Radrizzani sold more stakes to the 49ers. That big update has seen Noel Whelan praise Radrizzani and predict ‘bigger and better’ things for the future.
What Whelan had to say about Leeds
Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s brilliant news we’re getting the investment, it’s a tight-knit community between the 49ers and Leeds United now. It shows the owners’ commitment, it shows that we’re trying to move the club forward into bigger and better things.
“It wasn’t about [Radrizzani] going out there in the transfer market in January. I think that is basically to sustain the club, keep it going and pay for debts that we can’t pay with fans not coming through the turnstiles right now.
“It’s fantastic that we’re in a good, healthy place financially. It’s great that we got the backing of the 49ers who are investing into the club as well, but I can only see bigger and better things later on in the future when we retain our Premier League status next season.”
Leeds are in a great position
President of the 49ers, Paraag Marathe, has joined the Leeds board and has spoken about the club’s potential in the past as he said: ‘The sky is the limit for Leeds. This is not a club where we made it to the Premier League and we are barely trying to hang on by the laces of our shoes. No. This is a club which can become a big contender.’
For him to speak this highly of the club highlights that the intentions of the 49ers owners are to succeed, not just take their cut. It is also a huge boost for Leeds as it means their value will likely go up, perhaps even prompting more investors to join in.
Considering how long Leeds were absent from England’s top-flight, it is understandable to see why this development has got Whelan excited. Radrizzani has done very well in getting the club back to the top flight and he should be trusted to take the right steps to keep them there.
This latest development shows a lot of ambition from the owner to not just stay in the division but to push up the table in the future and compete with the best, something he partly alluded to when explaining the lack of transfer activity in January (via Leeds Live).
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