Player wage hikes and bonus payments mean that Leeds United will see costs balloon next season.

That is according to finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed that Leeds’ wage bill will soar beyond the £100million mark for the current campaign.

Andrea Radrizzani sanctioned £78m in wage expenditure for the 2019-20 season, as per Leeds’ last set of accounts.

The Whites have since been promoted and mathematically secured their top-flight status after an impressive 2020-21.

Maguire explained that it is inevitable that costs will rise for a team entering its second season in the Premier League.

“As far as the wage bill is concerned, I’d expect that to go up again,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“What you tend to find is in the first season in the Premier League, you get players who get automatic step-ups in terms of their wages but they won’t necessarily be on full Premier League wages.

“You might be going from £20,000 to £30,000-a-week whereas players coming in are likely to be on £40,000 or £45,000-a-week.

“In the second season, those players will get another step-up. There will also be big bonuses paid by the club because it has had a good season.

“What we’re seeing from practically all Premier League clubs is high incentivisation for them to deliver.”

Leeds’ 0-0 draw with Man United on Sunday made it six unbeaten for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

As well as Man United, the Whites have had tricky fixtures against the likes of Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea in that stretch.

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