Leeds handed 'massive boost' as pictures emerge - Paddy Kenny
Leeds United are in the process of installing a new pitch ahead of next season – and this will be a “big boost” to the club.
That is according to ex-Whites goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the first pictures of the new playing surface emerged.
Hewitt Sportsturf posted images of the hybrid pitch and new drainage system on Twitter on 4th June as they continue work at Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side struggled last season as the surface became increasingly mangled throughout the winter months.
That ultimately led to the club taking emergency measures and purchasing a temporary playing surface from Tottenham for £300,000 in January.
Kenny claimed that the state-of-the-art pitch will suit Leeds’ playing style and reduce the risk of avoidable injuries in 2020-21.
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“They relayed it last year as well,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“It could be a big boost, massive, for the players. They want a pitch that’s running smooth and true for the players.
“They need it to be like a bowling green and I’m sure that’s why they’re spending money on a new surface that’s gonna be up to standard and suit their style of play.
“If you’re on a bad pitch as well, you’re gonna get more injuries. Players are turning and it’s slippery and it makes it easier to pick up injuries when you’re playing on that sort of surface.“
Leeds’ first home game of the season is against Everton on 21st August.
The fixture will likely take place in front of a capacity crowd after pandemic restrictions are lifted later this month.