Noel Whelan: This is what Leeds boss Monk will need from Radrizzani in the summer
By Harvey Byrne
BBC pundit and former Leeds striker Noel Whelan believes boss Garry Monk needs a full summer and financial backing to help the club push on next season.
The young manager has surpassed pre-season expectations in his first season at the club with the Yorkshire giants spending large parts of the campaign competing for a place in the Championship’s top six.
However, Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Norwich has seen them place three points behind Fulham in six with a 13 worse goal difference, meaning that with just a game left there is little chance of the Whites achieving a play-off spot this season.
Now, fans are keen to see the club hand Monk a new contract with his current one set to expire in the summer of 2018 and Whelan has told how he hopes Leeds’ co-owner Andrea Radrizzani would have seen that the team needs investment after the draw, while also keeping hold of the “men” within the squad.
“Garry Monk will need a full summer and a financial backing to get things sorted,” Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds, as quoted by the BBC Leeds live match blog (Saturday, 5.28pm).
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“Radrizanni was here today and hopefully he’ll have seen the players Leeds need to keep, the men in this squad.”
Monk was able to bring in a total of six players on permanent deals last summer, including the signings of Kemar Roofe and Marcus Antonsson for a combined £4.6million.
He also enjoyed some success in the loan market, bringing in the likes of Kyle Bartley, Pablo Hernandez and Pontus Jansson, who have all been regulars this season.
However, many feel as though January’s lack of investment which saw Monk only able to tie up Hernandez to a permanent deal cost the team and fans will be hoping for further ambition in the next window.
In other Leeds news, Whites fans have reacted emotionally to the club’s draw against Norwich on Saturday.