Gary Neville: This is why Leeds struggle in the transfer market
By Danny Wright
Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes that Leeds United struggle to sign up best players possible in the transfer market due to their geographical location.
The Sky Sports pundit has suggested that the Whites, as well as Newcastle United, face a huge task in trying to lure players away from London, and the south coast, due to the attraction of living in the capital city.
Leeds have been out of the Premier League for over 13 years now in what has been one of the most spectacular fall from graces that English football has seen in the modern era.
The Whites had gone from playing in the Champions League semi-final to featuring in League One in around half-a-decade however they do seem to be making progress at the moment with Andrea Radrizzani now the club’s owner.
Even though their form is waning, Leeds have still enjoyed their best start to a campaign in eight years and Old Trafford icon Neville has admitted that he would like to see them, as well as Newcastle, back competing at the top end of the Premier League.
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“You think of Newcastle and Leeds, who are really big, big clubs and I think it would strengthen the league to have these clubs pushing towards the top again,” said Neville, as quoted by the Newcastle Chronicle.
“It is a problem getting players out of London – it is a big attraction.
“There are clubs now, even in the South Coast, that become a little bit more attractive in terms of lifestyle, rather than the north of England.”
Leeds are currently seventh in the Championship after losing five of their last six league fixtures.
A brilliant run of form in August and September saw them briefly top the table but now Thomas Christiansen and his men are facing an uphill struggle to arrest their slump as soon as possible.
In other Leeds United news, Whites fans on Twitter have blasted Ezgjan Alioski for a tweet following the loss to Derby.