Former Leeds United attacker Lee Sharpe has said the Whites must spend big and get a new manager if they want to get back into the Premier League.
Leeds have been out of the top-flight since 2004 and failed dismally to trouble the play-offs last season, finishing 13th after a fast start that saw them top the table in the early weeks of the Championship.
And Sharpe thinks it’s all about money – and that if Leeds are truly committed to getting out of the Championship, then they need to invest up to £50million in new players this summer.
Talking in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Sharpe said: “I think it’s about getting the right amount of cash in and getting the right manager in to bring in the right players to guarantee that you are going to get top six to at least give yourself a chance of the play-offs.
“Otherwise it’s never going to work when you are competing with three clubs that are coming down with parachute payments and against other clubs that are putting big investments into the club – like last season the likes of Fulham and Wolves.
“It’s a no-brainer to me to throw 30, 40 or maybe even 50 million pounds at it for the money that would come in return for the Premier League. It’s an absolute no-brainer.”
Football Insider verdict:
It might be easy to say – £50million is a lot of money – but you can’t argue with Sharpe here. In many ways the Championship is a very uneven playing field, with huge parachute payments meaning the recently relegated teams have an immediate advantage over Championship stalwarts like Leeds. However, owner Andrea Radrizzani seems to know spending is the only way and has attracted investment from the San Francisco 49ers. That reportedly only amounts to £10million according to the YEP, but with that and the money Radrizzani was going to put in, plus extra from sales, Leeds should have a decent summer spending fund. The next question is the manager and Sharpe – like so many Leeds fans – seems to be saying that Paul Heckingbottom is not the man to put in charge of spending that money. We’d have to agree with this too. It might seem harsh to get rid of a manager who only had a few months with an existing squad, but he doesn’t seem capable of effecting change and Leeds know that they have to get this summer spot on, or risk another really lengthy stay in the Championship.
In other Leeds United transfer news, they have made an approach for a 44-year-old manager.