Noel Whelan has hailed “enterprising” Andrea Radrizzani for sanctioning cut-price tickets for Leeds United’s clash against Stoke City tonight.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker explained why it should be “hats off” to the owner and the club board for helping drive a bumper Elland Road attendance.

Leeds announced this morning that they have sold nearly 30,000 tickets for the League Cup showdown against Stoke City, 7,000 of which have been in the last 48 hours.

Whelan believes the hierarchy deserve great credit for their ‘kids for a quid’ offer to push up attendances and bring a new generation to the stadium.

“The club have dropped the prices, which is brilliant as it is expensive to watch football,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Hats off and applause to the chairman Mr Radrizzani and the board for lowering the prices and allowing young fans and families to come to watch their heroes.

“We have an amazing fanbase that’s not only one of the best in the country, but one of the best in the world.

“People have spent big money already this season as the matches have come thick and fast, but it shows how big the support is that an early-round cup tie against a side Leeds played at the weekend is nearly sold out.”

Leeds are hoping to continue their sparkling start to the season, which has taken them to the top of the Championship table.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have won five and drawn one of their six matches to date and produced a series of majestic performances as they push for promotion.

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