Andrea Radrizzani deserves “huge credit” for overseeing the dramatic upturn in Leeds United fortunes.
That is according to ex-Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the Italian businessman who owns United.
Leeds ended their 16-year spell in the Football League when they were promoted in style after winning the Championship in July.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have already lit up the Premier League with their attacking style and willingness to go toe to toe with the elite teams.
United have won new admirers, mainly due to the playing style implemented by the enigmatic Bielsa, and Campbell is in no doubt who is responsible.
“Leeds were in massive trouble before Radrizzani came in,” Campbell told Football Insider. “To be able to bring in a manager like Bielsa is huge, so credit much go to the hierarchy, of course.
“Without the money behind it and without the foresight to get Bielsa this would not have been possible.
“A lot of credit has to be placed at their (Leeds hierarchy) door. They would have taken tremendous stick if Bielsa’s appointment did not work out so they deserve a pat on the back.”
Radrizzani bought Leeds in 2017, initially acquiring a 50 per cent stake before fully buying out Massimo Cellino in May of that year.
He reduced his 100 per cent holding to around 88 per cent when 49ers Enterprises, the investment branch of the San Francisco 49ers, bought £11 million worth of shares, thought to be around 12 per cent of the club.