Forget Radrizzani's bullish '7th force' claim: Phillips tells Leeds to focus on Premier League safety

Leeds United need to focus on establishing themselves as a Premier League side before trying to push on and become the seventh force in the top flight.  

That’s according to former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a report on Andrea Radrizzani’s plans for Leeds.

Journalist Duncan Castles, speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, claimed Radrizzani plans on making Leeds the Premier League’s seventh force by 2025.

Phillips notes that this is a bold claim from the Leeds owner but he insisted there is no reason why Leeds can’t restore themselves as a top-flight force like they were in the past.

“I’m a firm believer in the statement ‘actions speak louder than words’,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“It’s great that these owners are coming out and saying all these things, it’s great for the supporters but you have to follow that up. 

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“It wasn’t that long ago that they weren’t even in the Championship but now they’ve come a long way and have a class manager who plays great football.

“They need to concentrate on keeping themselves in the top flight and making themselves a solid Premier League side and then build from that.

“It’s a big ask because there are some good sides that you could put in that top 6 ahead of Leeds but they were there once so why can’t they go back there?”

Leeds spent heavily last summer and they could do so again this year following further investment from NFL outfit San Francisco 49ers.

The Whites have the chance to secure a top ten finish in the Premier League if they pick up their form when the league season resumes after the international break.

In other Leeds United news, one pundit has tipped the club to return to La Liga when their summer recruitment drive begins.