By Kevin Phillips

28th Jun, 2021 | 5:00pm

Phillips moots 'European nights' at Elland Road after 'brilliant' Leeds update

Leeds United will be aiming to bring “European nights” to an expanded Elland Road.

That is according to ex-Premier League hitman Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Leeds’ plans for their stadium.

The club are planning to boost capacity at Elland Road to 55,000 and, as per Leeds Live on 23rd June, have overcome the first planning hurdle.

Leeds City Council approved the decision to scrap plans to relocate their academy to nearby Fullerton Park in favour of expansion at Elland Road.

Phillips suggested that more supporters packed into the stadium could add to the pressure for players.

But the former European Golden Shoe winner believes it is a sign that Leeds are moving in the right direction.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It will help but it could have a positive effect or a negative effect.

“If there is 55,000 in there and they’re screaming and shouting at the players when they’re not doing so well, we know how noisy Elland Road gets.

“But it’s great to see that they want to expand. I’m sure they’ll fill it and see European football like when David O’Leary was there.

“European nights at Elland Road are something else. So it’s good news and shows they have ambition. I think that will take care of itself.

“Leeds need to take care of themselves on the pitch and challenge for that European spot next year.

Finance expert Kieran Maguire told this site on 20th June that Leeds will be able to sell “limitless” high-end tickets at an expanded Elland Road.

He also suggested that the original plans to develop and relocate their training complex will likely come to fruition in due course.

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