By Russell Edge

12th May, 2018 | 2:04pm

'Club at heart' - Ex-Leeds star raves over under-fire figure, predicts huge transfer window

Former Leeds United defender Tony Dorigo has been left raving over club owner Andrea Radrizzani and believes that the Whites are set for a huge transfer window after their disappointing season.

The Elland Road outfit only managed to finish 13th in the Championship despite holding out hope early in the campaign that they would be able to pull off a place in the play-offs, after finishing seventh 12 months ago.

However, despite the struggles, Dorigo insists that Radrizzani, who has come under heavy fire during his first year in charge at the club, is the right man to lead them forward, and that the upcoming summer window is going to be massive to try and improve the senior side.

He told Bet Stars: “I think the owner Andrea Radrizzani has been great for the club, he’s certainly got the club at heart. He’s learning as well. This time we do have more solid foundations to build on and I think that’s been the problem for the past owners.

“On the playing side, we still have a few problems, there’ll be a lot of recruitment needed in the summer – the right sort of players need to come in and it’s a real battle to get out of the Championship.

“I don’t think we’ve got quite the right players or blend of players to cope with it. So it will be a big summer for Leeds.

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“We need Championship-experience players. Simple as that. A goal-scorer, we need a striker absolutely. And a leader at the back, I don’t see too many leaders in the side – vocal people that understand the club and the league they’re playing in.”

Football Insider verdict

Whether or not Radrizzani is good for the club or not, only time will tell, but it has certainly been a baptism of fire for the Italian in his first 12 months in charge at Elland Road. He has had a number of difficult decisions to make along the way, not least in the dugout with Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom, but as Dorigo says, he is learning every step and that will only help the Whites down the line. As for the summer transfer window, it has got to be a big one if the club want to try and break out of the mid-table obscurity they find themselves in now. Experience is crucial and it was something they obviously tried to address in January with the capture of Adam Forshaw. More signings like that will only help the club achieve their goals, and it is up to Radrizzani to ensure that he provides the backing needed.

In other Leeds United news, one exit-linked man has confirmed he travelled to table toppers ahead of the summer.

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