Campbell makes bold Leeds claim after Marathe's Elland Road expansion update
Kevin Campbell has claimed Leeds United are such a big club they would sell out a £60,000-capacity stadium every match.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal striker suggested the club should only move forward with such plans if they avoid relegation next season.
Speaking on The Athletic‘s The Business of Sport podcast (4 February), Leeds United’s vice chairman Paraag Marathe revealed the club are exploring expanding Elland Road to a capacity of at least 50,000.
Last week (7 June) Football Insider pundit and finance expert Kieran Maguire claimed on his podcast that Marathe is “keen to realise Leeds United’s potential” and suggested a 60,000 capacity stadium could be in the offing.
Campbell suggested it is premature to expand Elland Road as he fears Marcelo Bielsa’s side may get found out next season.
“If Leeds’ capacity was 60,000 now they would fill the stadium every game,” he told Football Insider.
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“They are a one-club city so I don’t think they’d have any problems getting that amount of fans on a regular basis now they are in the Premier League again.
“But a bigger stadium does not guarantee success. It is about having quality and building a great squad.
“Next season is critical for Leeds because they will not be a surprise anymore. Leeds are a known quantity now. Teams will adjust to how they play next season.
“It will be very interesting to see if they do as well. Let’s just say they don’t start too well, what will happen then?
“The second season is always tougher because every team has two videos of themselves playing against Leeds now and that always helps. I think they should concentrate on next season before starting any plans to expand the stadium.”